KAMAZ will produce autonomous and electric vehicles

KAMAZ will produce autonomous and electric vehicles

RNS – KAMAZ will produce autonomous and electric vehicles. The company plans to apply for subsidies, which will be allocated for the first time to unmanned vehicle manufacturers, as well as electric transport manufacturers in 2017, as told by a company representative to RNS. The amount of subsidies is still being determined, according to the representative. KAMAZ will invest approximately 400 million rubles in the development of unmanned vehicles.

KAMAZ plans to use autonomous trucks and buses in its factories in 2018 and launched the driverless mode in its long-haul tractors in 2021. Bus and truck transport will be fully automated until 2035.

The government expects to allocate a total amount of 612 million rubles for the compensation of part of the costs associated with the creation and organisation of the production of unmanned vehicles, according to the information given by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to RNS. Another 900 million rubles will be allocated to the manufacturers of urban overground electric transport, as told by the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting on 21 July.

State support for the development of autonomous and electric transport is also needed for GAZ Group, as told by a company representative to RNS. Whether the group is going to apply, the representative has not yet commented. The company has noted that the money can not be claimed, if its distributed amongst the participants of the National Consortium for the Development of Autonomous, Connected and Electric Transport. The memorandum on the creation of the consortium has been signed at SPIEF-2017. From car manufacturers, the memorandum has been signed by the directors of KAMAZ and Sollers. The vice-president of the GAZ Group, Elena Matveeva, has told RNS that financing through the consortium “casts doubt on the effectiveness of planned government investments.”

The partner of KAMAZ in the consortium: Sollers won’t be claiming subsidies in 2017, as told by the company representative to RNS. “At the moment, Ulyanovsk Car Factory independently develops solutions for the second and third levels of control automation. We can attract subsidies for research and development within the frame of the development of the hybrid platform of UAZ, however, in 2018-2019” – told a UAZ representative to RNS.

As told by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to RNS, the funds will be distributed in accordance with the applications submitted to the ministry by Russian producers.

“The applications can be made by both consortium participants and other enterprises, who wish to develop in this direction, regardless of their participation in any associations” – said Vladimir Kolmakov, the Executive Director of Autonet association.

Another developer of driverless vehicles: Bakunin Motors Group will not be claiming subsidies either. The company has already received a two-year grant of 286 million rubles for the creation of robotic transportation technology for the organisation of autonomous traffic in specific routes in 2017-2018. 200 million rubles from the total amount came from the STI Foundation, as told by the company representative to RNS. Extra 67 million rubles will be allocated from company’s own funds, according to the representative. The Industrial Development Fund had issued a concessional loan of 500 million rubles to the company for the organisation of electric bus chassis production, as reported previously. 

The representative of unmanned transport technology: NAMI refused to make any comments and the AVTOVAZ representative could not provide a comment on the spot.