GAZ Group, part of one of Russia’s largest diversified industrial groups – Basic Element, has delivered 95 eco-friendly PAZ-329412 buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG), to Krasnodar, a Russian city located about 150km northeast of the Black Sea. The vehicles were purchased by passenger carriers of Krasnodar under the state program on gas vehicles introduction.
A medium-sized CNG bus, the PAZ-320412 is designed to serve urban and suburban routes, able to transport 50 passengers (29 seated), and has a specially equipped place for people with reduced mobility. It is powered with a Euro-5 Cummins natural gas engine that delivers 196.7 hp. Fuel is stored in six 62-liter cylinders and a 50-liter cylinder, thus allowing a range of up to 320 km. The all-metal cylinders are arranged in the base of the bus.
PAZ-320412 has a high return on investment due to effective economic indicators: the minimum ratio of fuel consumption and a high well-balanced service life of vehicle and powertrain provide the advantageous cost of ownership.
GAZ Group is the largest Russian manufacturer of buses of all classes and purposes running on compressed natural gas, and the first among domestic manufacturers to develop and start mass production of gas buses. Eco-friendly transport has a high return on investment due to a low price for fuel and lower operating costs. During 2014 about 400 gas buses were delivered to such regions as Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Izhevsk, and others.
The PAZ-320412 natural gas bus was developed and certified in 2012.
(Source: Gaz Group)