MOSCOW LAUNCHES 500TH E-BUS

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Moscow Department of Transport


RUSSIA’S largest and capital city Moscow has emerged as a European leader in the number of electric buses in use, having recently launched its 500th e-bus running on routes, the Moscow Department of Transport (MDOT) confirmed recently.

MOSCOW LAUNCHES 500TH E-BUS
Following its 500th e-bus, next year the city will launch the Moscow-based production of electric buses – where the plan is to assemble about 400 electric buses in the city per year.

Last month marked only 24 months since Moscow’s route e-bus use started. Its 500th e-bus milestone means the city now has one of the largest fleets of passenger electric buses in the world, it explains.

Purchases of vehicles continue, it should be noted, and by the end of 2020 another 100 electric buses will arrive in Moscow, MDOT confirms.

The electric buses are produced by Russian companies in the Moscow region and the city of Neftekamsk (1,250 km from Moscow). In addition, next year the city will launch the Moscow-based production of electric buses – where the plan is to assemble about 400 electric buses in the city per year.

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THE BUS

According to the department, the Moscow e-bus is capable of accommodating 85 passengers and it has more than 30 seats. Thanks to the completely low floor level, the presence of a ramp, a storage area and a place for visually impaired passengers with guide dogs, it is convenient for everyone, including low-mobility passengers, it states.

The electric buses from the last delivery were produced according to the revised technical specifications, it explains. They have separate climate control for the driver and passengers, an automated passenger counting system and all-round cameras, it confirms.

Outside the electric buses speakers are installed to inform visually impaired passengers about the direction of travel, MDOT explains.

The power reserve of electric buses is 40-50km, it says. Energy is replenished within 6-10 minutes using ultra-fast charging stations at the terminal stops, it states.

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