The Russian commercial vehicle manufacturer Kamaz is building a production plant for electric buses and their components in Moscow, as well as an R&D innovation centre focusing on improving the quality of electric passenger transport.
Around 14 million euros will be invested in the project. The company has now signed a corresponding agreement with Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. At least 500 electric buses per year are to be produced in the Russian capital in the future.
Last year the Moscow bus operator Mosgortrans commissioned Kamaz and GAZ to supply 100 electric buses each, as well as the respective charging infrastructure. In April of this year, Moscow ordered a further 100 electric buses and 36 fast charging stations from Kamaz. The contract provides for the delivery of the electric buses for a period of 15 years, which were developed according to the city’s requirements.
Electric buses have been running on the streets of the Russian capital since autumn 2018. The city plans to buy 300 electric buses per year in the 2019-2020 period. From 2021, Moscow will only procure electric buses and completely discontinue the purchase of diesel buses.