Under the program aimed at developing the NGV market and supporting domestic automakers, Russian auto manufacturer KAMAZ is ready to sell customers more than 1,000 units of such vehicles. By the end of the year, the Russian government will have allocated 3.77 billion rubles (USD 90 million) to regions for the purchase of gas-powered buses and equipment for public utilities. That will be about 30% of the cost of the vehicles.
KAMAZ is an active participant of government programs aimed at the development of NGV market in the regions of the Volga Federal District. Thus, the program of the Russian Government embraces 18 “pilot” regions developing the gas industry, six of which are located in the Volga Federal District – the Republics of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan and Udmurtia, Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg and Samara Oblasts. Under the terms of the comprehensive program, its participants as represented by Gazprom, KAMAZ and municipalities build gas-filling stations, supply gas-engine vehicles, service them and train technical staff in the regions.
Today, more than 355 units of gas KAMAZ vehicles and NEFAZ buses are in operation in 9 of 14 regions of the Volga Federal Districts. In view of the provision of state subsidies, this number will increase significantly: under this state program and the existing agreements with the regions, KAMAZ plans to deliver clients 500 NEFAZ buses, 200 small-capacity Bravis buses and 400 units of special equipment for the needs of municipal services until the middle of next year.