The transport operator has signed a contract for 200 e-buses from major Russian automobile companies Kamaz and Gaz
Moscow is introducing an electric bus (e-bus) service from next month as part of the city authority’s plans to stop purchasing any diesel buses by 2021.
The Russian capital’s ground transport operator, Mosgortrans, has already signed a contract for the supply of 200 e-buses and the first buses will start to appear on the streets from September. The operator plans to announce an additional tender for another 100 buses in December 2018.
Russian automobile companies, Kamaz and Gaz, have been chosen as suppliers and the city has also signed a 15-year service agreement with them. Additionally, Kamaz and Gaz will supply the city with 62 ultra-fast charging stations.
Moscow e-buses will have a total capacity of up to 85 passengers with 30 sitting. The e-buses have also been designed to meet the needs of low mobility passengers and feature low-floors, ramps and fixing frames. All doors are equipped with anti-clutch system. The buses will also be equipped with climate-control, GPS navigation, USB-chargers for passengers’ gadgets and free wi-fi.
The e-bus charging will be available both in the e-bus park and at the final station on the route. Full charging will take 24 minutes and only take 12 minutes at the bus terminus.
“Constant communication with manufacturers is extremely important to make the new mode of transport as comfortable, safe and convenient for passengers as possible"
Prior to the selection, Mosgotrans conducted a series of trials of different e-bus models involving both Russian and international manufacturers to determine how they coped with the city’s severe climate conditions and to ensure compliance with safe public transportation requirements.
“The Moscow e-bus launch is the largest and the most up-to-date project of ground public transport development not only in Russia, but in the whole world,” said Maksim Liksutov, Moscow’s deputy mayor for transport.
“Constant communication with manufacturers is extremely important to make the new mode of transport as comfortable, safe and convenient for passengers as possible. [From] 2021, we will purchase only electric transport.”
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