Moscow, Russia (Urban Transport News): In September 2018 Moscow started to replace the outdated diesel buses with the e-buses, trying to lower the number of harmful emissions, to purify the city air and to save the resources as well. Since then a modern and eco-friendly transport has replaced traditional buses on 33 routes, 42 routes overall.
Now there are 600 e-buses running in Moscow. In the next 4 years, the city authorities are going to purchase 2675 more units of e-transport. It is expected that by 2032 all the urban transport will have been converted to electric traction, which would help to decrease significantly the concentration of harmful substances in the air.
“Starting this year we are going to buy the e-buses only – we seek to make our city as clean and harmless for its citizens as we can. Obviously not only the rest of Russia but also the European countries try to attain to our level, since even now there are more e-buses in Moscow than in other European capitals. I am sure that we should be governed by the responsible attitude towards nature and our citizen’s health when making decisions on the city development,” said Maksim Liksutov, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport.
Last year the development of the e-bus network allowed to cut the emissions of pollutants in the city air by approximately 400 tons. Now the replacement of a diesel bus with an e-bus leads to an average reduction of the CO2 emissions in the environment of 60,7 tons a year. The increase in the number of e-buses in 2022 will already allow decreasing the emissions by 85,7 thousand tons. Besides, the conversion of buses to electric traction will help to increase the share of e-transport rides up to 70%.
“The transport running on electricity is safer for the city ecology than cars using an internal combustion engine. The e-transport does not use fuel while running and does not emit polluting substances and harmful emissions during operation. For a large city with dense traffic and a population of more than 12,6 mln people even a partial transition to the e-transport can result into positive changes concerning the quality of the common air”, said Denis Endachev, CEO for information and intelligent systems in FSUE NAMI, PhD in Technical Sciences
In 2022 the city plans to move to another stage of transport electrification – the Moscow e-buses will be equipped with an electric heater.