First electric buses have started operating in Moscow in regular transport

First electric buses have started operating in Moscow in regular transport

 

RIA. – Electric buses have started running on the routes of Moscow for the first time, following the completion of the test period. The journeys will be free of charge in September, as announced by the press office of the Moscow government. The first electric buses will run on the trolleybus route number 73. The number of routes is expected to rise to five by the end of the year.

The government of Moscow held two tenders for the supply of electric buses to the city in May 2018, which were won by the largest automobile manufacturers of the country: Kamaz and GAZ Group. Each contract consists of supply of 100 buses (200 in total) and 31 ultra-fast charging stations, 62 in total. The manufacturers will be responsible for the quality and reliable operation of the buses and charging stations for the next 15 years.

The city will be procuring only electric buses as of 2021, replacing the diesel bus fleet gradually. Russia will become the leader amongst the European cities in terms of electric and gas fuel share in public transport by 2019, according to expectations. Approximately 900 trams and more than 1000 trolleybuses run on electric in Moscow.

Another bid for 100 electric buses will be held for Moscow in December 2018 and there are plans to purchase 300 more vehicles in 2019-2020.