Over 2.5 million passengers: electric buses become increasingly popular

Over 2.5 million passengers: electric buses become increasingly popular
Passenger traffic on electric buses is constantly growing. While 20,000 people used them every day this January, this number was already 30,000 in March. In total, the city has more than 60 electric buses.

Electric buses have transported more than 2.5 million passengers since their launch. This innovative public transport appeared on Moscow streets last September.

“Moscow electric buses are one of the best in the world by their technical characteristics. According to the latest data, about 30,000 people use them daily. This is 10,000 more than in January,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor, Head of the City Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov.

In total, the city has more than 60 electric buses. 62 charging stations have been installed for them, and their connection to the Moscow power infrastructure is currently in progress.

Since last September, electric buses run on route No. 73 from VDNKh to the 6th Neighbourhood of Bibirevo. Since December, these buses run from the 6th Neighbourhood of Bibirevo to Ostashkovskaya Street (route No. 80), as well as from Kholmogorskaya Street to the VDNKh metro station (route No. 76), and from Yasny Proezd to Ostashkovskaya Street (route No. 649).

This January, electric buses were launched on route No. 83 to run from Ussuriyskaya Street along Khabarovskaya Street, Shchelkovskoye Motorway and further along Bolshaya Cherkizovskaya Street to the Preobrazhenskaya Square metro station. And in March, they appeared on route number 36 running from the VDNKh to Beskudnikovsky Pereulok.

Electric buses are produced by two Russian enterprises. 300 electric buses and 98 charging stations are expected to be supplied to Moscow by the end of 2019. Under the contracts, manufacturers provide a 15-year guarantee for the vehicles and charging stations; they also assume all risks and costs for the purchase of parts and components.

The electric bus can carry 85 passengers and has 30 seats. With their low floor, the ramp and space for boarding/alighting people, electric buses are convenient for everyone, including passengers with disabilities. There are climate control systems, satellite navigation, USB ports to charge mobile devices, information media screens and free Wi-Fi. Electric buses are almost silent. It is charged with a pantograph at ultrafast charging points at the route terminal.