Azakhteks, a commercial vehicle producer and the exclusive representative of Belarus’s MAZ Trucks (part of JSC Minsk Automobile Plant) in Tehran, is set to deliver 400 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered city buses, 200 each to Tehran and Tabriz municipalities, reports Persian Khodro, the news portal for the Iranian automotive industry.
Ramin Imani, Azhitech’s production manager, explains the delivery of the MAZ 203 buses will take place by the end of the current fiscal (March 2018) year. The six-speed automatic transmission buses come equipped with a 7.6 liter, 301 hp CNG-based Mercedes Benz engine, reportedly engineered to Euro 6 standards. Total investment is around USD 700 million.
Negotiations are underway for further CNG buses to be supplied to the cities of Mashhad, Shiraz and Isfahan.
CNG storage (1300 m3) on board the low-floor buses is sufficient for urban travel of 600 kms, the report states. They are configured to carry 100 passengers: 1 wheelchair (with ramp access), 24 standing and 75 seated.
To combat rising air pollution, the government has increased efforts to promote “green buses” and “eco-friendly taxis” across urban areas in the country. The first CNG public transportation buses were introduced in Tehran in 2015.
Azakhteks is a representative and trading partner of MAZ products in Iran and Iraq.
Source: Persian Khodro
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