Belarus News– There are plans to sell electric buses made by the Belarusian mechanical engineering company Belkommunmash to Tehran, Iran, BelTA learned from Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko after the vehicles were tested in city conditions on 26 December.
Vladimir Semashko said: “Minsk has orders for 20 electric buses. Two electric bus lines will work initially. Later on the number will be increased. Orders will be made for electric buses for oblast capitals. There are orders for electric buses for Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Tehran.”
In his words, urban transportation is evolving. “Up till now urban transport has been limited to trams, trolleybuses, and buses. But these days all the countries are fighting to reduce the cost and environmental impact of urban transportation. This is why the first few samples of a new kind of urban transportation — electric buses and hybrid buses — have emerged,” stated the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus.
Vladimir Semashko also mentioned several advantages of electric buses. “Electric buses don’t need overhead lines. In other words, electric buses don’t require additional capital outlets. An electric bus uses a capacitor. After charging it at a terminal stop the electric bus will be able to travel for 15-16km without recharging,” explained the official. The Deputy Prime Minister also mentioned environmental advantages of electric buses. “Apart from that, the cost of electric buses is much lower. Capacitors can recuperate energy, reducing energy consumption by 30-40%. It is obvious that electric buses are the future,” summed up Vladimir Semashko.