Russian vehicle manufacturer Kamaz announces it has opened a plant to produce electric buses in Moscow. The production site is located on the territory of the Sokolniki Car Repair and Construction Plant (SVARZ) – a branch of the State Unitary Enterprise Mosgortrans, the company says.
Accordingly, an assembly line designed to produce up to 500 electric buses per year will operate at SVARZ as the first stage. Kamaz announced the move towards Moscow-based production of electric buses in 2019.
A second plant in view
At the second stage Kamaz will reconstruct another production building with an area of about 3,000 square meters, which will allow to manufacture about 200 more electric buses per year and carry out service of equipment. The number of workspaces will increase by 2 times – from 100 to 200 people, the group points out.
Finally, «SVARZ will become one of the largest centers for the production and maintenance of electric vehicles in Russia which will produce up to 700 electric buses annually».
It is mentioned that 11 test electric buses have already been manufactured at SVARZ and 5 of them have passed a full run-in and a leak test in a special sprinkler chamber. This May they will be launched to the streets of Moscow.