Tests have started on Chinese Yutong electric buses in Moscow

Tests have started on Chinese Yutong electric buses in Moscow

Vedomosti – Tests have stated on Chinese Yutong electric buses in Moscow. Chinese Yutong electric buses are equipped with electric engines and high-capacity batteries. The buses have a maximum velocity of 69 km/h. The vehicles can carry up to 73 passengers, 36 seated. The bus has operated in Moscow without passengers. The route runs between Fili and Kitay-Gorod underground stations. Fully charged, the buses can travel 200 km. The batteries are charged from an 380 volts electric network.

The model can cope with the severe Russian winters, hot summers and humid springs, as told by the company representative: Eugene Zeng.

The usage of buses on motor fuel is planned to be stopped in the capital, according to the Mayor of Moscow: Sergei Sobyanin. “Buses on motor fuel will disappear from Moscow in three years time. We’ll only buy electric buses. The ecology of the city will benefit greatly from this decision” – Sobyanin wrote on Twitter.

The mayor has added that the city is getting ready to hold a tender for the purchase of electric buses in Autumn and is waiting for worthy candidates.

The government has allocated a subsidy of 900 million rubles for the development of the overground electric transport.