GAZ Group, a company of Basic Element, one of the major diversified industrial groups in Russia, has delivered 134 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-fueled buses made by Pavlovo Bus Plant (PAZ). The December-2015 deliveries were made up of 105 PAZ-32054 CNG buses to the municipal authorities of Voronezh Region and 29 PAZ-32053 CNG buses to Ulyanovsk Region. Both regions are in western Russia.
The small class PAZ-32054 CNG bus is built on the platform of the base model made by Pavlovo Bus Plant PAZ-32054 and is designed for suburban transportation. It is equipped with an Euro-4 CNG engine. The gas fuel (methane) is filled into 5 cylinders with 50 L capacity each, which ensures the range of up to 350 km. The cylinders are located under the bus underbody.
The small class bus PAZ-32053 fueled by CNG is also designed for suburban transportation; it is equipped with a Euro-4 engine and has the same CNG capacity as the PAZ-32054. The cylinders are located in the rear part of the body. The hand-over ceremony for these buses was held on the central square of Ulyanovsk City and was attended by S. Morozov, Governor of Ulyanovsk Region. The vehicles were purchased under the Program of transport system development in Ulyanovsk Region and will serve the inter-regional routes of the region.
“GAZ Group is the largest Russian manufacturer of the buses of all classes and applications fueled by CNG. CNG buses are the most potentially perspective direction in the development of public transport. These buses are the third batch we handed over to Ulyanovsk region under the CNG program this year” (2015), said E. Gorynin, GAZ Group Bus Division Director.
GAZ Group is the major Russian manufacturer of buses of all classes and applications fueled by compressed natural gas. The company was the first of the Russian manufacturers to develop and launch into serial production CNG buses. CNG buses are the most prospective direction in the development of public transport. The ecology friendly vehicles have an excellent payback period thanks to the low price for the fuel and reduction of operational costs. In 2014, around 400 CNG buses were delivered to Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Izhevsk, etc.
(Source: Gaz Group)