The experimental vehicle is already running on Chelyabinsk’s roads and will be assessed by passengers and drivers. The bus was assembled by OOO Kamaz-Marco, the joint venture of Russian OJSC Kamaz and Brazilian Marcopolo. According to Eduard Makhovsky, Director of MUP Chelyabinskiy avtomobilny transport, Bravis is a bus that fits in the company’s budget.
“Today, each kilometer covered by a big diesel bus costs 10 rubles (US$0,28), a kilometer of running in a larger bus powered with methane costs six rubles,” commented Makhovsky. “We plan to spend about three rubles for Bravis. This is actually the first bus which will bring profit. Fares will not decrease because of this, but won’t increase either.”
The test drive of the Bravis bus was organized in Chelyabinsk because the city’s transport operator intends to purchase natural gas buses of medium capacity. This 8-meter bus with 20 seats accommodating up to 50 passengers meets Euro 4 standards and is assembled from components made by the world’s major producers.
Kamaz-Marco JV received a large order for delivery of Bravis city buses to Belgorod Oblast this spring.