MOSCOW WANTS A FULL ELECTRIC BUSFLEET
Moscow is preparing it self to welcome a fully electric bus fleet the coming years. The first electric buses are now on the roads as Rusautonews.com reports. As of 2021 Moscow will only buy electric buses in order to renew the diesel bus fleet of which a large part is Euro 4 or lower. Besides the enormous bus fleet of several thousand buses Moscow's public transport also consists of 900 trams and more than 1000 trolleybuses. From 23 to 25 October Moscow hosts the Busworld Russia exhibition with all the innovations Russian manufacturers are developing.
After a test-trail of several months this month the first electric buses are now on the streets of Moscow running in a normal service. To celebrate this occasion the Moscow government has declared that during the month of September travelling on a electric bus is free of charge.
Earlier this year Russian based GAZ group announced an order for 100 electric buses to “Mosgortrans” in Moscow. Delivery starts in march 2019. Another bid for 100 electric buses will be held in December 2018 and there are plans to purchase 300 more vehicles in 2019-2020. In May 2018 there were already two tenders which were won by the Kamaz and GAZ Group. Each contract consists of supply of 100 buses and 31 ultra-fast charging stations. The manufacturers will be responsible for the quality and reliable operation of the buses and charging stations for the next 15 years.