On July 27, the Russian part of the Silk Way Rally 2018 drew to a close in Moscow. The gas-fueled KAMAZ led by Sergey Kupriyanov successfully tackled all of the challenges, finishing fourth among trucks in the final standings.
A new modification of the gas-fueled KAMAZ with a 16.16 liter engine and third-generation gas equipment was made by the KAMAZ Master team for the 2018 rally. The new vehicle successfully traveled seven stages of the marathon, covering some 3,500 kilometers.
In the course of the race, the vehicle had been refueled by 16 CNG filling stations of Gazprom located along the route of the rally. Moscow currently has the largest number of CNG stations, with six refueling facilities of Gazprom in operation and another four slated for commissioning before the end of this year.
“The vehicle is brand-new, built just this year. It has a different engine and a more state-of-the-art suspension. It is a veritable monster for off-road travel, and it has gas cylinders. It is our way of saying that there is nothing to be afraid of: it is not only safe and eco-friendly but also, as the race demonstrates, efficient,” said Sergey Kupriyanov, pilot of the gas-fueled KAMAZ.
The gas-fueled KAMAZ is a special model of a sports truck powered by natural gas (branded ‘EcoGas’). The first sports truck fueled by natural gas was created in 2013 by the KAMAZ-Master team with the support of Gazprom and VTB Bank.
Gazprom registered the EcoGas brand with the purpose of recognizing natural gas (methane) as a vehicle fuel. The cost of operation per kilometer with natural gas is on average 2–3 times lower than with conventional fuels. The average price of 1 cubic meter of methane in Russia is RUB 14 (USD 0.21).
A gas-fueled KAMAZ, also led by Sergey Kupriyanov, finished among the top ten in the final standings of the 6,500 km 12-stage Africa Eco Race 2017 concluded in Senegal in January 2017.
Source: Gazprom Gazomotornoye Toplivo