GAZ Group has presented its new LiAZ-5292 LNG, which is the first bus in Russia certified to run on LNG. LiAZ-5292 LNG is a new member of the natural gas-fueled vehicles made by GAZ Group, offering a wide range of CNG buses, light commercial vehicles and trucks.
All the certification tests were completed and the Vehicle Type Approval (VTA) was issued for the new model. Now the bus is going to Chelyabnisk for pilot operation on regular city routes. After the pilot period, Likino Bus Plant will start preproduction for the first pilot batch of the LiAZ-5292 LNG to be made in Q4 2020.
It is designed to carry 106 passengers and has all the best features of the basic version, e.g. low floor, big standee space, kneeling system tilting the body towards the doors for easier passenger entry and exit. The bus comes with an AC system delivering balanced air flows going around the compartment. LiAZ-5292 LNG has mechanical wheel-chair ramps for easy access for low-mobility people, wheelchair spaces and driver call buttons.
There is a 375 liters LNG tank in the rear part of the body. The bus can make a journey of over 300 km on a single tank of LNG. The fuel is supercooled to -162°С and is made insensitive to the ambient temperature. LiAZ-5292 LNG is powered by a YaMZ-536 engine made in Russia.
Source: GAZ Group