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From this year,Moscow will stop buying diesel buses for their passenger transport fleet.
“Only electric buses will be purchased. We will also install about 200 electric charging point a year for the development of personal electric transport”, commented Makim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport.
According to press material issued "Moscow electric bus is one of the best in the world market in terms of technical and operational characteristics, while it is 30% cheaper than models of electric buses from other world manufacturers, for example, Polish and German companies"
The first KAMAZ electric buses produced in Moscow are already in service on the routes of the capital. They were produced at SVARZ (Moscow plant) and by the end of this year, 350 of the new buses will be in service on the city bus lanes.
“Today electric buses have entered the T47 route. The Moscow electric bus is one of the best in the world market. It is especially valuable that electric buses can now be assembled and operated in Moscow - this greatly simplifies the process of servicing and adapting innovative transport to the needs of passengers and the city. The city budget will receive about 60 million rubles due to the opening of the KAMAZ assembly plant.
Today 100 employees work in the production of the vehicles and another 100 jobs will be created by 2023. It is also important that all operations at the plant are completely eco-friendly and zero emissions” -Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport.
SVARZ uses the most modern technologies. From the beginning of the assembly to the run-in of the first samples, only a few months passed. In April the first prototype vehicles were produced. In June the plant reached full capacity of the production of 500 electric buses per year, or 35-40 units per month. By the end of the year, Moscow will have 1000 of the new vehicles, which will reduce emissions of harmful substances by 86 thousand tons.
This article first appeared on www.focustransport.org
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