Moscow launches 800th electric bus
Since the launch of electric buses in Moscow in 2018, the city now celebrates the launch of its 800th electric bus and aims to have 1,000 vehicles operating by the end of 2021.
Moscow operates one of Europe's largest bus fleets
The 800th electric bus has hit the streets of Moscow The vehicle was assembled at the SVARZ eco-plant by KAMAZ, which was opened in April 2021. This electric bus has become the 200th vehicle purchased with the funds from the green bonds scheme run by the city’s authorities. The 800th Moscow electric bus is owned by Mosgortrans, which is the main operator of urban surface public transport in the Russian capital, is now operating in the south of the city.
Electric buses were launched in the Moscow just three years ago, in 2018. Since then, electric transport has been launched on 61 bus routes, run 58 million km and carried more than 128 million passengers. Moscow says it is now actively developing charging infrastructure. As of now, there are more than 150 charging structures in the city. By the end of 2023, the authority says this number will increase up to 500 stations.
The Moscow government will launch 200 more new electric vehicles towards the end of 2021 and 1,000 electric buses operating in Moscow by the 2022.
“In 2021, Moscow has stopped buying diesel buses for the surface public transport operator. Today, the city is focused on eco-friendly alternatives and is keeping up with worldwide electric vehicle market trends. Moscow is considered to have the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. According to the Moscow Department of Transport, all the city routes will be operated by eco-friendly buses by the 2030. To achieve the goal, the Government of Moscow will buy more than 500 electric buses per year, as well as develop an innovative hydrogen bus model together with KAMAZ and RUSNANO,” said Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport.