The production of KAMAZ electric buses has started in Moscow

The production of KAMAZ electric buses has started in Moscow


 

RusAutoNewsCom.- As announced by the company press office, the assembly production of Kamaz electric buses has started at the Sokolnicheskaya car-repair and construction plant in Moscow on 27 April. The mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin and the general director of Kamaz Sergei Kogogin have participated in the opening.

“Such a revolutionary step will significantly improve the environmental conditions and create the latest technological products in the future not only in Moscow and Russia, but also throughout the world. Moscow has currently the largest bus fleet in Europe and the number of vehicles will keep on increasing year after year” – Sergei Sobyanin said.

The launch of the assembly production of Kamaz electric buses has been realised as part of a major programme, projecting the replacement of the bus fleet of the capital. As stated by Sergei Sobyanin, the Moscow government has practically ended the procurement of diesel buses.

One of the workshops of the Sokolnicheskaya car-repair and construction plant has been modernised for the assembly of up to 500 electric buses annually. The vehicles themselves will be brought to Moscow from Neftakamsk on special low-bed semi-trailers as before and the installation will continue in Sokolnicheskaya. At the second stage of production development, another workshop will commence operations at the enterprise by 2023, manufacturing an extra amount of 200 Kamaz electric buses per year.

“The government of Moscow has a well-defined plan on the replacement of diesel buses with electric transport. The new production facility will account for 40% of all assembly operations. The process involves high-tech and most expensive operations, from the fitting of doors and interior trim to the installation of the “brain” of the electric bus – the central software, amounting to 60% of the production costs of the vehicle. Most of the taxes from the production of electric buses will be received by the Moscow budget. For instance, Kamaz will contribute approximately 60 million rubles to the city this year. The production will also create 100 high-tech jobs in the city and the number of vacancies will double by 2023″ – as told by the head of the Department of Transport and the Development of Road Infrastructure in the capital Maxim Liksutov.

The first Moscow-assembly Kamaz electric buses will be released to traffic in May 2021. The organisation of the production of electric buses in the capital will shorten the delivery times, assembly and maintenance of transport and cut the costs on logistics.

Kogogin (left) with Sobyanin (right)