MOSCOW TO TEST NEW ELECTRIC BUS
The new electric bus, developed by Liaz, is expected to have a range of about 200 kilometres. The city has started testing the Russian-made Liaz-6274 electric bus at the Filyovsky bus/trolleybus maintenance facility. The new electric bus will soon be tested on city streets without passengers for about six months. The bus will not be tested on city streets during peak hours.
“We will test a new commercial electric bus on city streets to verify its 200 kilometre range,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the City Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov.
The bus’s actual range may be just 70 kilometres between charges because of its power consuming heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and possible heavy loads and road congestion.
The low-floor, large-capacity LIAZ-6274 electric bus was displayed at the ExpoCityTrans 2016 exhibition. It can carry up to 86 passengers and has 20 seats.
The city tests all new electric and conventional buses without passengers; this is standard practice. The idea is to gauge its performances.
The city is also set to test an electric bus from Belarus in due course.