The Government of Russia and the Government of Moscow have signed a Memorandum on the establishment of the National Consortium for the Development of the Autonomous Electric Transport Network. The document was signed at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
The consortium’s goal is to develop and organise electric bus production, as well as to develop the Russian market for autonomous electric transport.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin signed the Memorandum.
“Introduction of the world’s best technologies is critical, as we are working today to update our bus fleet, the youngest in Europe. We began with new metro trains, new trams, and the introduction of one of the world’s best intelligent traffic management systems. Now we’re ready to take a big technological step in the development of urban public transport. Without a doubt, our next step should be the use of electric buses and other electric transport fitted with new technology, self-management technology, and computerised transport management,” Sergei Sobyanin said at the signing ceremony.
The Moscow Mayor noted that the city can purchase at least 300 electric buses that meet environmental and safety requirements. “We know that manufacturers are working on this, and are ready to provide assistance. We are confident that new environmentally friendly transport will appear on Moscow streets in the near future,” Sergei Sobyanin emphasised.
He also expressed hope for the assistance of the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Economic Development and our colleagues from the production department.
Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov pointed out the need to create a regulatory framework for further cooperation. “Only through joint efforts can we create a good product, take it into production and put it on the roads. I am referring to an updated regulatory framework – without that, it is simply impossible to achieve our goal,” he said.
At the same time, the new project fits with Russia’s transport strategy objectives, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov added. “Eco-friendly transport development is one of the goals of the Russian transport system development strategy, and this project fully meets the goals and objectives of this strategy,” he concluded.
In recent years, Moscow has almost completely renewed the fleet of its public transit systems, including about 1,000 Euro-5 class environmentally friendly buses. The modernisation of the transport park is still underway; Moscow will also obtain 300 Vityaz-M new generation six-door trams until 2019.