GAZ is to supply two electric buses and a charging station to Vladivostok.

The buses have ultra-quick-charge capability which allows completely depleted batteries to be recharged within 9 to 20min. The electric buses are expected to be shipped in November this year.

The Gaz electric bus is designed to carry 85 passengers, has 30 seats and a passenger deck which is also equipped to accommodate people with mobility impairments. Each electric bus is powered by two asynchronous 125kW engines connected to lithium-titanate batteries.

Gaz has designed its electric bus with the support of Bauman State Technical University in Moscow.

“We must try electric buses, test them in operation and if they perform well we will expand the use of electric transport,” said Vladivostok municipal administration head of transportation, Alexander Ivanov.

The first electric bus prototype was assembled in 2011 while a fully operational concept bus made its first public appearance in 2012. In 2017, GAZ Group conducted the longest ever test of electric buses in real-life urban environment in Russia.

Gaz electric buses travelled more than 13,500 km in Moscow and carried more than 25,000 passengers. In 2018, Gaz Group started serial production of electric buses at its Likino Bus Plant where they are now produced at the same assembly lines as diesel and CNG buses.

Gaz Group is Russia’s leading manufacturer and supplier of buses with around an 80% share of the domestic bus market.

The model range includes small, medium, large and extra-large buses.