Moscow’s 1,000th electric bus hits the streets
We recently saw the 900th electric bus in Moscow, but it turns out that the Russian capital has just passed the 1,000 unit mark!
Mosgortransthe company that operates Moscow’s bus and tram network, announced that vehicle number 1,000, with green elements, was in circulation.
“The design of the 1000th electric bus is special, in an eco style: the cabin of the electric bus is decorated with posters presenting information about electric buses and their impact on the ecosystem.”
It’s been about three years since the first battery-electric vehicles were introduced there in 2018 and now they’re entering the fourth winter “without interruption.”
During this period, battery electric buses have transported more than 150 million people, traveled more than 60 million km (37 million miles) on 66 bus routes and reduced the amount of emissions by 600,000 tons, depending on the company. There are currently more than 168 refills “structures” in town (overhead fast charging points, as we understand it).
Moscow no longer buys regular diesel buses and plans to buy another 600 battery-electric ones in 2022 for a total of 1,600.
The target for the end of 2023 is more than 2,200 electric buses, which means an additional purchase of more than 600 units. At this point, almost 40% of the bus fleet should be electric. The fast loading structure of the chafast will expand to a total of 500 individual stalls.
By 2030, all buses will be battery electric, or at least zero emissions, as there is also a project to develop a hydrogen bus model by Kamaz and RUSNANO.
According to the press release of Maksim Liksutov, deputy mayor of Moscow for transport, electric buses are convenient and reliable – ready to operate in a wide temperature range from -40°C to +40°C.
“Russian electric buses are very convenient and reliable. Each electric bus carries about 85 people. This transport is also convenient for passengers with disabilities: electric buses are equipped with a low floor, ramps and accumulation areas. Moreover, the electric buses are equipped with gadget chargers on the handrails, air conditioning systems and multimedia screens.
In addition, they perfectly withstand extreme temperatures. For the fourth consecutive winter season, the innovative transport operated without any interruptions. The temperature range of its work is from -40 to +40 degrees Celsius. The batteries are equipped with a temperature control system to prevent the vehicles from overheating in the summer and freezing in the winter.
As far as we know, buses in Moscow are powered by lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries, which offer a relatively short range (energy density is significantly lower than LFP), but can be recharged very quickly at the ends of the route and are ready for very low temperatures, while offering a long service life.
Some videos about electric buses in Moscow: