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Electric buses to hit Minsk streets by year-end 2016

Society 15.04.2016 | 12:15

MINSK, 15 April (BelTA) – Belkommunmash Company will make two pilot electric buses for the Belarusian capital by year-end 2016, BelTA learned from First Deputy Chairperson of the Economy Committee of Minsk City Hall Tatyana Kravchenko.

She said that the pilot vehicles will be tested in Minsk by the end of the year.

Electric buses are considered “a green means of transport of the 21st century” thanks to the total absence of harmful emissions, low noise pollution, and usage of clean energy. No power lines will be needed to recharge the electric buses. It will be enough to install charging points at bus stops for the buses to get the necessary energy amounts.

Belkommunmash Company noted that it is currently working to introduce the buses into the city's key transport routes. “The Belarusian electric buses will be equipped with supercapacitors made by China's Xinzhu Corporation and successfully tested in Bulgaria and China,” the company's representatives pointed out. The electric buses will also have half-pantographs for speedy charging (not more than seven minutes) at terminal stations.

Plans have been made that two Belkommunmash-produced Е433 electric buses will hit the city center's streets by early December 2016. In 1Q 2017 Minsk will get another 18 vehicles.

The Belkommunmash Company representatives noted that preconditions for integrating the innovative solution into the city's public transport system have been in place for quite a long time, including high air pollution levels, frequent traffic jams, and inability to bypass obstacles on public transport routes. The European countries have long realized that electric buses are the right direction for further development of urban passenger transport.

Belkommunmash Company is the leading producer of cutting-edge urban electric vehicles in Belarus. The engineering staff of the enterprise closely monitor the latest trends on the global market, which enables them to offer customers state-of-the-art and safe vehicles.

Green technologies are gaining momentum on the market of urban passenger vehicles of Europe and the CIS, and Belkommunmash has diversified its product range to keep up with the trend.

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