JSC Neftekamsk Automobile Plant, a subsidiary of KAMAZ in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan (located between the Volga and the Ural Mountains), will deliver 208 new large buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG) to it’s northern neighbour Tatarstan. 150 units will be used in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tartarstan’s second largest city.
The NEFAZ buses will be equipped with gas cylinders provided by a distributor of OJSC KAMAZ – OOO RariTEK, and their cost will be reduced from RUB 5.8 million (USD 180,000) to RUB 2.14 million (USD 70,000) due to subsidy programs. The federal budget will allocate RUB 2.5 million (USD 80,000) for each bus, and the budget of the Republic of Tatarstan will earmark RUB 1.1 million (USD 30,000).
Kamaz says 3 or 4 filling stations will be built in the city to provide smooth operation of the CNG-powered buses.
Natural gas is the cheapest available fuel, enabling fleet operators to recover capital investment more quickly than for a diesel bus. The use of gas as a fuel for urban heavy-load and passenger vehicles enables to annual saving of RUB 450-530 thousand (USD 14.2-16.7 thousand), depending on the type and capacity of the engine.
The use of CNG will also provide environmental benefit through significantly reduced emissions.
(This article compiled using information from a Kamaz press release)