By Nigar Abbasov
The first model of the Eurabus electric busses will be delivered to Azerbaijan soon, Khanlar Fatiyev head of the Ganja automobile plant production unit said.
He also mentioned that the memorandum on the delivery of the bus was signed with the representatives of the German Eurabus GmbH in Berlin.
“The document envisages delivery of the first Eurabus within the framework of one month. The bus will be subjected to approbation process. We will test the vehicle in Baku, Sumgait and Ganja. We should define the type of rechargeable battery, taking relief of the city into account. Mileage mainly depends on the workload. Driving distance of buses for one charging ranged from 250 to 800 kilometers, depending on the type of the accumulator,” Fatiyev said.
Head of PU also emphasized that accumulator is considered to be the most expensive detail of vehicles, which necessiates finding the most optimum alternative.
Fatiyev said that Azerbaijan pays a huge attention to the environmental issues both at the state level and within the framework of different projects implemented in the country.
“Ganja automobile plant is capable of producing thousands of similar vehicles. Nevertheless, everythind depends on the demand and the number of orders that we get. The bus is environmentally-friendly. Majority of filling stations in Azerbaijan possess relevant charging devices. Basic structure of the bus is made of aluminum which allows economizing and provides for lightweight of the bus.”
He underlined that one of the main objectives is promotion of the know-how in the neighboring countries to improve its export potential.
“We have certain plans on the export of the vehicles. One of the main targets is competitiveness of busses. We consider the countries of the near abroad as the main export destinations,” he added
Previously, Trend reported that Ganja automobile plant and German Eurabus Company have signed an official agreement on assembly of Eurabus electric buses in Azerbaijan and third countries.
The second generation electric bus, Eurabus 2.0 was presented in Belgium, 2013. The vehicle is considered to be more economic than a classic diesel bus and drives with zero emission. The buses with the length of 12 meters are being set in motion with the help of in-wheel electric motors ZA-wheel with the capacity of 130 kilowatt.
Ganja Automobile Plant which was established in December 2004 is capable of assembling up to 1,000 trucks and 2,000 tractors each year. The plant also produces tractor trailers, communal machinery, and snow removal equipment. Currently, the plant is engaged in the assembly of Belarus tractors and MAZ, KAMAZ and Ural vehicles.
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