Eurasia embraces electric buses as technology advances in cities

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UITP will always be an international association. We care about our activities around the world.

In order to best serve our 1500 members in 96 countries, UITP has 16 offices based in every corner of the globe.

It’s always important to highlight our global reach and starting this month we will bring you news on the latest public transport developments from each part of the world UITP reaches.

Up first, we have Eurasia…

UITP has almost 50 members in Eurasia. Eurasia is making great waves in public transport and urban mobility and this month we are bringing you the latest developments from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Ukraine, Minsk and Bishkek.

Did you also know that Moscow recently launched seven new metro stations? Stay tuned for more on this achievement!

But for now, we’re interested in the electric bus. And it seems Russia and Ukraine are too! Russia’s capital city is always making great strides and the first electric buses have taken to the streets of Moscow. The start of September witnessed the launch of regular eBus routes on the city’s roads. With any new development, additional configuration may apply and the eBus producers – KAMAZ and GAZ Group – are accompanying the new transport on the streets of Moscow to provide technical support.

The task of moving Moscow’s bus fleets from diesel to electric was set by the Mayor of Moscow in order to make urban transport ‘clean’ for the city’s more than 12 million inhabitants. Unlike the bus, the electric bus has zero emissions into the atmosphere and moves without noise. Each electric bus is equipped with information screens and Wi-Fi.

City authorities report that the total cost of operation of the electric bus is 10% lower than that of the trolleybus. Both Moscow and St. Petersburg are embracing this technology for the future. St. Petersburg now has 115 units of electric bus with dynamic recharging.

Vasily Ostryakov, General Director, SUE “GORELECTROTRANS” in St.Petersburg spoke with us about the development of electric buses in St. Petersburg:

“St. Petersburg keeps pace with the times, and thanks to membership of UITP we introduce only proven technologies. For example, only in Beijing there are eight hundred of such trolleybuses. There are also many in Poland, Germany, France, Italy. European cities are even envious of St. Petersburg, where we were lucky to preserve the infrastructure for the most reliable type of electric buses – the trolleybus with dynamic charging.  These vehicles combine all the advantages of a classic trolley. In this case, part of the way is made on the batteries, which are charged while driving under the contact network. Figuratively speaking, the 'socket' goes along with the electric bus.”

St. Petersburg keeps pace with the times, and thanks to membership of UITP we introduce only proven technologies.

Mr Ostryakov also believes that electric buses are most definitely the future – and clean, efficient technology is the way to go!

“Now the world is with electric buses. Each country has its own interesting experience. As one Swiss noted, there is even a new profession in the world – an electric bus cleaner. This is a high-tech work that requires special qualifications. A novelty in the world is considered Autonomous or unmanned vehicles operating without a driver. This is the main trend for future.”

In May, 60 electric buses were supplied for the streets of Minsk, 17 by the end of 2018 and the remaining 43 by the end of April 2019. The E433 and E321 models are suitable for all passenger categories of transportation. 

In Ukraine, the automobile corporation ‘Bogdan’ has delivered three new trolleybuses to Kremenchug. The trolleybuses are equipped with folding seats, Wi-Fi connection, GPS-navigators and video recorders. The new models are designed for up to 112 passengers and are appropriate for the needs of people with reduced mobility. A great development.

"This is an environmentally friendly transport of a new generation, which demonstrates that passenger transportation in Ukraine can be not only comfortable for citizens, but also can have economic advantages for the city, providing the transition to economical electric transport instead of buses on gasoline",  reports the Bogdan Corporation.

And now we turn to the metro.

Did you know that over 11,000 trains are moving around nine million passengers daily on Moscow’s metro system? A great operation to take citizens around their city!

With the opening of the seven new metro stations, around 700,000 Muscovites will be able to save at least an hour on their trips every day

At the end of August, Moscow Metro started operation on the Solntsevo metro line: advancing from the station “Ramenki” to “Rasskazovka”. Solntsevo metro line now includes 15 stations from “Petrovsky Park” to “Rasskazovka”. In fact, seven new stations with 15.3km tracks were added to the metro system.

The metro advancements are a great achievement for Moscow as the tunnels were built underneath the Moscow River in very difficult conditions – nearly 70km of tunnel space was created.

With the opening of the seven new metro stations, it is estimated that around 700,000 Muscovites living in the areas of Solntsevo, Novo-Peredelkino, Rasskazovka and Moskovsky will be able to save at least an hour on their trips every day. Now that’s what you call an advancement in urban mobility!

Stay connected to UITP’s dedicated Eurasia site for regular news updates!

Don't miss the Busworld Eurasia Serminar on 24 October in Moscow, Russia! Not too late to register now!

Next month we’ll be bringing you news from Down Under…as Australia and New Zealand make waves in urban mobility. Stay tuned!

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