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In 2021, KAMAZ will double the production of electric buses

In 2020, the Neftekamsk Automobile Plant (NEFAZ), a subsidiary of KAMAZ in Bashkortostan, produced 202 electric buses. These vehicles have added up to 400 vehicles to the fleet of Moscow’s new environmentally friendly passenger transport, which are already running on the city’s lines. In 2021, the company intends to double the production of electric buses and test a new 18-meter version of the electric bus.

Image source: KAMAZ

Image source: KAMAZ

The manufacturer does not hide that the electric buses owe their success to the Moscow authorities. “In regions for which price remains a key factor, sophisticated equipment is not really needed, but although electric buses are more expensive, they give a head start in terms of their characteristics., – said the general director of KAMAZ Sergey Kogogin. – We now have the opportunity to enter the Moscow market. This changed both the scale of the business and the degree of our respect for our own product. “

According to the director, at the end of 2020, the plant fulfilled the annual business plan both in terms of production volume – 1,560 units were made – and in terms of money. Eight pieces were produced per day, but in 2021 it is planned to double the volume of production. But that’s not all. As part of the development of civilian passenger transport, a project has been prepared for a 9-meter electric bus and an 18-meter one (currently 12-meter cars are being produced). The 18-meter-long electric bus has been manufactured and is undergoing extensive testing, although no production plans have yet been announced.

Finally, in order to quickly meet the needs of Moscow in a new type of transport, an assembly site is being created on the basis of the Sokolnichesky Car Repair and Construction Plant (SVARZ). “The body shop and everything related to the chassis remains in Neftekamsk, but the installation of all systems, including the battery, will be carried out in Moscow. The capacity is planned at 450 units per year, – said Sergey Kogogin. – I think the builders will complete the work by March, and we will begin trial assemblies at this site. Recruiting staff “

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