On the 1st of September, the first electric buses came to a regular Moscow route.
The current launch is the first stage of the electric bus operation. As any complex innovative technology, it may require additional configuration. In the daily mode, the producers themselves – KAMAZ and GAZ Group - are accompanying the new transport on the streets to provide technical support. According to the contracts of life cycle, the producers are responsible for the entire quality and operation reliability while SUE MOSGORTRANS and the city transport authority are strictly controlling all the slightest deviation from those stated in the contracts.
The task of complete transition from diesel buses to electric buses was set by the Mayor of Moscow as a measure to make urban transport “clean”.
Electric buses are charged with a pantograph at ultra-fast charging stations, which are placed at the final stops of the route. It is expected that by the end of the year the electric buses will come to five other routes that were previously served by buses and trolleybuses.
Unlike the bus, the electric bus has zero emissions into the atmosphere and moves without noise. Each electric bus is equipped with information screens and Wi-Fi. City authorities report that the total cost of operation of the electric bus is 10% lower than that of the trolleybus.
Electric buses can be operated by drivers of both buses and trolleybuses (upon receipt of category D in the traffic police). Five hundred sixty five drivers already approved their licences.
Moscow electric bus has a capacity of 85 passengers with 30 seats. Low floor level, ramp and storage area provide high comfort for all passengers, including people with limited mobility. The salon is equipped with climate control, satellite navigation, and USB sockets for charging mobile devices, information media screens and free Wi-Fi.
In December 2018, another lot of 100 electric buses will be drawn for Moscow. The terms of delivery could be finalized taking into account the indicators already received during the first months of operation. Until 2021, it is planned to purchase 300 electric buses annually.