On April 27, KAMAZ opened an assembly plant for electric buses in Moscow on the basis of the Sokolniki car repair and construction plant (SVARZ). The first electric buses assembled in Moscow will enter the routes in May, the press service of KAMAZ reports. It is emphasized that the Moscow-developed KAMAZ-6282 electric bus has no analogues anywhere in the world.
The organization of the production of electric buses in Moscow will reduce the delivery time, assembly and maintenance of transport and will save money on logistics. The created production facilities are designed to assemble up to 500 electric buses per year. The vehicles themselves, as before, are delivered to Moscow from Neftekamsk on special trawls, and their equipment continues in Sokolniki. It is also specified that the localization of the production of electric buses in Moscow will reach 40 per cent.
About 20 of the most expensive and high-tech assembly operations will be carried out at SVARZ. At the second stage of product development, it is planned to reconstruct another SVARZ workshop with an area of 3,000 square metres by 2023, which will allow an additional production of 200 electric buses per year. 100 high-tech jobs have been created in production, and their number will double by 2023. Investments in the project amounted to 325 million rubles.
By the end of 2021, another 400 electric buses are expected to be delivered, of which about 60 per cent will be assembled in Moscow. The plans for the coming years are to increase the fleet of electric buses to 2,200 vehicles, which will make up almost a third of the capital’s ground transport fleet. Thus, taking into account trams, about 40 per cent of Moscow’s ground transport will switch to electric traction. And by 2030, the entire transport system in the capital of Russia should become environmentally friendly.