ArmInfo. The Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technologies Vahan Martirosyan on October 20 received the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation Andrei Babko and representatives of the Volgabas Company.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Transport, the company's director for procurement and marketing, Ivan Primerov, presented the company's activities and products, including buses with an electric motor, about their production capabilities, fuel consumption, capacity and quality features.
He gave the minister detailed the possibilities of the bus with an electric motor,produced by the company noting that it is very effective - for one full charge takes 4 hours, has a mileage of 300 km, is equipped with cooling and heating systems and is successfully operated both in cold and hot conditions. During the meeting, the possibility of using buses with an electric motor in the conditions of Armenia was discussed. An agreement was reached on the implementation in the near future of a pilot pilot program to check how effective the use of such buses will be in the natural, climatic and relief conditions of Armenia.
The Russian engineering holding Volgabus (LLC Volgabas), established in 2008, in May 2016 announced that it plans to begin testing the electric bus in July 2016. It was noted that the vehicle would be constructed with the maximum use of domestic components. Dmitry Bibik, director of science for the group of companies, in turn, told reporters that "the bus that we are currently designing is equal neither to Russia nor to Europe at the moment." The most important thing is that the duration will be very long and the maximum number components will be made in Russia. "It was announced that the electric bus was designed on the basis of a 12-meter model. Since our product will be created as much as possible on the Russian components, then the price of the chances to enter the European market is quite large. I think our model will be 20-30% cheaper than European analogues, "the company said, noting that some of the components (front axle, steering column and pneumatic system) will still be imported. As the Russian media reported, as early as June 2017 Volgabas Volzhsky plant in the Volgograd region will start exporting buses abroad in 2017 and will present its first electric bus.