GAZ Group auto making holding, a part of Russian Machines Corporation (a Basic Element Company), has been manufacturing LiAZ buses running on CNG since 2006 and in 2013 is starting production of gas-powered PAZ-3204 and KAVZ-4238 medium-size buses. In February 2013, Gorky Automobile Plant built a pilot batch of pre-production bi-fuel GAZelle-Business light commercial vehicles (gasoline and CNG).
Oleg Deripaska commented on the agreement: “The mission of Basic Element is to support economical and environmentally friendly passenger and freight transportation in Russia. The cooperation with Rosneft Oil Company will enable us both to give a new impetus to inland transportation development and form a fleet of natural gas-powered buses and light commercial vehicles in the country. Conversion of transport vehicles to economical auto gas fuel will also become a major factor boosting competitiveness of individual businesses and the country’s economy as a whole”.
Source: Russian Machines Corporation.