Moscow is the leader among European cities in terms of the number of electric buses, TASS reports with reference to the Head of the Moscow Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Anton Kulbachevsky.
“Since 2018, the city has been systematically replacing the bus fleet with electric buses. Now Moscow is the European leader in the number of electric buses in one city. At the beginning of 2021, the city operates about 600 electric buses on 42 routes, and more than 100 charging stations have been installed,” Kulbachevsky said.
According to the Head, this year the city plans to purchase about 400 electric buses, and in 2022-2023, more than 1.2 thousand vehicles. It is also planned that the share of electric buses in the Moscow transport fleet will exceed 30 per cent by 2024 when more than 2.2 thousand of these cars will run in the Russian capital, and by 2030 all wheeled public transport there will be replaced with electric buses.
In addition, according to the Deputy Head of the Energy and Innovation Projects Service of the State Unitary Enterprise “Mosgortrans”, Artem Burlakov, there is a tendency to change to electric transport all over the world (there are about 400 electric buses in London, over 230 in Paris, and over 100 in Berlin). In Russia, in addition to the capital, electric buses are already running on the routes of St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, and Samara. In addition, the tests of innovative transport were carried out in Khabarovsk, Kaliningrad and other cities.