Tatarstan’s heavy vehicle manufacturer PJSC KAMAZ has celebrated the release of the 1000th gas engine vehicle in its new production building. The jubilee truck was four-wheel drive KAMAZ-43114 — a 15-ton class, multipurpose truck which operates with compressed natural gas (CNG). The vehicle was handed over to of the PJSC Gazprom as the proud owner.
“We are witnessing and participating in the historic transition to a new type of fuel: this is a radical change in the automotive industry, and we are involved in this interesting and complex process,” said Yevgeny Pronin, director of gas engine technology at PJSC KAMAZ, congratulating colleagues on the important event.
Pronin pointed out that since the opening of the new manufacturing plant 2.5 years ago 1000 natural gas powered vehicles have now been built. He added that in Russia there are already 5.5 thousand KAMAZ vehicles using natural gas fuel. According to him, the new equipment has already become a popular product for the consumer. He also expressed confidence that this figure will increase dynamically, because the consumer was fully convinced of the advantages of gas engine technology – in its environmental friendliness and economy.
The occasion was marked with an exhibition of KAMAZ gas vehicles. Vehicles on display included a LNG-powered 65115 tractor, a gas-diesel 5490 NEO, a 65116 dumper on compressed natural gas and other exhibits confirming the wide production capabilities of the new plant were presented. The event ended with a solemn departure of the 1000th gas engine KAMAZ. The customer of the jubilee car was one of the major corporate clients of the company – PJSC Gazprom.
Production of gas engine vehicles was opened at the vehicle factory on April 22, 2015, as part of the state program to expand the use of natural gas as motor fuel. By the end of the same year, 204 vehicles were built that use compressed natural gas. In 2016, the number of gas equipment produced reached 340 units. Today PJSC KAMAZ is the leading Russian manufacturer of cars and buses operating on natural gas. By the end of 2017, about 600 vehicles will be assembled, including 271 dual-fuel KAMAZ-5490 NEO and several trucks operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The development of the production of gas engine technology is one of the most important directions for the company. Next year, the company plans to produce 1,000 natural gas vehicles, equally the entire production thus far, to meet growing demand. It will also increase the range of vehicles produced.
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