Under the program aimed at developing the NGV market and supporting domestic automakers, Kamaz is ready to deliver more than 1,000 units of gas-powered vehicles. By the end of the year, the Russian government will have allocated 3.77 billion rubles to regions for the purchase of CNG buses and equipment for public utilities. That will be about 30% of the cost of the vehicles.
Russian Government’s comprehensive program 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 program, its participants as represented by Gazprom, Kamaz and municipalities, will build CNG stations, supply natural gas vehicles, service them and train technical staff in the regions.
Today, more than 355 units of Kamaz trucks and Nefaz buses are running on gas in nine of the 14 regions of the Volga Federal Districts. In view of the award of state subsidies, this number is expected to increase significantly: under this state program and the existing agreements with the regions, Kamaz plans to deliver 500 Nefaz buses, 200 small-capacity Bravis buses and 400 units of special equipment for the needs of municipal services until mid-2015.
Moreover, Kamaz new CNG-powered Bravis bus has received an official certificate from Rosstandart, which confirms that this model complies with all requirements the state imposes today on vehicles of this class and authorizes Kamaz-Marco to assemble, produce and sell new, economy and environmentally friendlier small-class buses (Euro 5 198.5 hp engine) in the Russian Federation.