Two Eastern European transit fleets add 65 new CNG and LNG buses
Russian manufacturer Kamaz has contributed to the renewal of Bashkiria’s bus fleet with the delivery of 30 Nefaz 5299-30-51 city buses running on CNG to transit agency Bashavtotrans in the Republic of Bashkortostan. The buses were received under the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation “On Approval of Rules for Granting Subsidies for Purchasing Gas-Powered Buses and Equipment for Housing and Communal Services”.
Nefaz 5299-30-51 is a 60% low-floor bus equipped with a Mercedes-Benz M 906 LAG/EEV/1 (Euro 5) gas engine and adapted for transportation of people with disabilities. The bus accommodates 105 passengers at most. In the basic version, the bus features a kneeling system (a device tilting the vehicle which saves time at bus stops and enables passengers to board and leave the bus more easily).
Moreover, Gazprom Germania and Polish manufacturer Solbus have launched 35 LNG-powered buses in the streets of Warsaw, after winning a public tender issued by Warsaw’s municipal transport company MZA Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe sp. Gazprom is both supplying the LNG and the refueling for the buses built by Solbus. The companies previously launched Europe’s first 11 LNG city buses in the Polish city of Olsztyn in October 2013.
“Natural gas-powered buses both emit significantly fewer pollutants than comparable diesel buses and have motors that are significantly quieter, which is particularly welcome in the inner city. That’s why we and our Polish partner Solbus want to convince more customers of the benefits of natural gas for transport,” said Timo Vehrs, Director of Business Development at Gazprom Germania GmbH.