Berlin-based busmaker Eurabus has announced plans to open an assembly plant in Almaty, Kazakhstan by the end of this year. They plan to produce up to 100 electric buses per year there. The first completed models are expected in autumn 2019.
The new facility will cost an investment sum of 44 million dollars, which will create around 400 local positions. The assembly will take place on the basis of SDK construction kits, which the manufacturer will import. A year ago, Eurabus already began discussing plans to construct their Eurabus 3.0 model in two different varieties in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Latin America.
At this point it was already decided to bring 700 of the electric buses to Kazakhstan over three years. The background is that Almaty, the largest Kazakh city has declared a battle against smog. At first the contract partner had also ordered diesel buses, but after an intervention by the city council, the decision was made to completely bank on electric buses. A new bus depot with space for 500 e-buses will be constructed to provide a home for the fleet.
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