ALMATY WELCOMES 60 ARTICULATED GOLDEN DRAGON CNG BUSES
Chinese bus manufacturer Golden Dragon buses has delivered 60 new 18-meter articulated CNG buses to Almaty, Kazakhstan. The buses are produced at the Astana Motors automobile assembly plant in Kazakhstan. The order was given to Golden Dragon in July 2019 by the Almaty state-owned bus company Almatyelectrotrans.
Golden Dragon has established comprehensive cooperation ties with Astana Motors in Kazakhstan. All the 60 BRT buses are expected to be running in Almaty, in January 2020, operated by the Almaty state-owned bus company Almatyelectrotrans. The buses are equipped with wheelchair facilities, baby carriages, standing area backrest, pillars, armrest rings, necessary security systems, video surveillance, information, communication with dispatchers, as well as air conditioning. These articulated low-floor buses can accommodate up to 150 passengers, of which 36 seats. All buses meet the requirements of the Euro 5 standard.
For Golden Dragon Kazakhstan is one of the key markets because of the strategic geographic location and as connection for China with Europe. Kazakhstan is part of the ancient Silk Road which was built over 2,000 years ago. Today this artery is being revitalized, further deepening the economic and trade ties and promoting two-way investments between China and countries in the region.
Many years ago, Chinese bus makers delivered city buses and intercity buses to Kazakhstan. Golden Dragon has been growing steadily since its entry and has established a solid presence in the country. For this order Golden Dragon developed several sample bus models for test purposes. Engineers from Astana Motors were invited to participate in the production of Golden Dragon buses from welding to painting, giving opportunities for the bus operator to implement a more localized assembly process. After being assembled, these Golden Dragon buses will be fully tested in a number of stringent environments, including alpine areas and continuous uphill roads. As part of the mobile service, Astana Motors technical specialists will provide after-hours service in the territory of the bus fleets.
Today more than 6,000 buses with a service life of more than 12 years today run along the city routes of Kazakhstan. There is an acute need for updating the bus fleets. To solve it, a program of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and DBK-Leasing JSC was launched and is being implemented.