ELECTRIC BUSES DUE TO COME TO MINSK
The Belarussian company Belkommunmash Company will develop two pilot electric buses for the country’s capital which will be ready by year-end for testing. Electric buses are considered “a green means of transport of the 21st century” thanks to the total absence of harmful emissions, low noise pollution, and usage of clean energy.
No power lines will be needed to recharge the electric buses. It will be enough to install charging points at bus stops for the buses to get the necessary energy amounts. Belkommunmash Company noted that it is currently working to introduce the buses into the city's key transport routes. “The Belarusian electric buses will be equipped with supercapacitors made by China's Xinzhu Corporation and successfully tested in Bulgaria and China,” the company's representatives pointed out. The electric buses will also have half-pantographs for speedy charging (not more than seven minutes) at terminal stations. Plans are that two Belkommunmash-produced Е433 electric buses will hit the city center's streets by early December 2016. During the first quarterI of 2017 Minsk will get another 18 vehicles. The Belkommunmash Company representatives noted that preconditions for integrating the innovative solution into the city's public transport system have been in place for quite a long time, including high air pollution levels, frequent traffic jams, and inability to bypass obstacles on public transport routes. Other European countries have long realized that electric buses are the right direction for further development of urban passenger transport.