Pilot electric buses may hit Moscow streets this year

According to Moscow authorities, the city will be getting between 200 and 250 environment-friendly electric buses every year
Share 24 March 2016
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First Russian electric bus at Bus Garage 8

The nearly 90 trolleybuses to be removed from routes in central Moscow for the My Street programme will be divided between the other existing trolley routes in the capital, welcome2018.com was told by Deputy Mayor of Moscow Maksim Liksutov.  

"Not a single route will be cancelled. All the trolleybuses, all the 89 of them, will be moved to other routes,” he said. “So, there will be more vehicles serving those routes. But please note that the trolleybus routes on Sadovoye Ring will see no changes at all.”  

Speaking of the chances of Moscow getting new environment-friendly public transit vehicles – electric buses, Liksutov said he hopes that “the pilot specimens will be arriving this year, and when they do arrive, we’ll put them on routes in the inner city.”  

It had transpired earlier that Moscow authorities plan to dismantle the trolley lines on Tverskaya and a few other central lanes. The reason for this, according to authorities, is that the trolleybus power grid is worn out.  

The press office of Moscow’s Transport Department told welcome2018.com that city hall plans to purchase electric buses, as well as new trolleybuses, to serve routes in the city. According to Moscow authorities, the city will be getting between 200 and 250 environment-friendly electric buses every year. Moscow officials believe that these vehicles “combine the best of the both means of transit: the environment-friendliness of the trolleybus and manoeuvrability of the bus.” ​