SUE Mosgortrans started the test of the GAZelle e-City electric minibus. According to Maksim Liksutov, the electric bus accommodates 16 passengers, 13 of them seats. The tests of the electric minibus will last until the end of February 2024.
В Москве начались тестовые испытания отечественных электробусов малого класса. Эта модель подходит для маршрутов с низким пассажиропотоком и может проезжать по узким улицам, где не пройдет большой электробус или автобус. Испытания новинки продлятся до конца февраля 2024 года.
Such minibuses are perfect for narrow roads and small passenger traffic. Electric minibuses are equipped with terminals for contactless fare payment and USB ports for gadgets recharging. They are designed for 16 passengers. The battery charge is enough for 150 kilometres ride. Besides, minibuses have a low floor system and storage platform to transport passengers with disabilities and wheelchairs or prams.
«This model is suitable for routes with a low passenger traffic and can pass through narrow streets where a large electric bus will not pass. Today Moscow is now considered to be the largest e-bus fleet in Europe and we are starting to test a new one of electric vehicles. We will consider the possibility of replacing small-class buses with the electric ones in case the test is successful. This meets the task set by the Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin,» – noted Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport.
Electric buses were launched in Moscow 4 years ago, in 2018. In the meantime, this innovative surface transport has proved its efficiency. Today more than 1 thousand electric buses run on 79 bus-routes, carrying about 400 thousand passengers on the daily basis. In 4 years, electric buses have run 100 million kilometres, transported more than 226 million passengers, 72 million passengers of which have been carried in 2022.
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