There is neither a noise of an engine, nor the smell of gasoline. The first domestic electric buses which have become a part of urban transportation in Astana are gradually earning love and popularity among the passengers. During the expo, the buses are carrying the passengers through the same routes from the Baiterek monument to the exhibition’s venue for free, and then heading to the gas station before the Green Quarter.

It takes 8-10 minutes in order to charge the public transport for 50 passengers and then it runs almost an entire day! The electric bus’s interior doesn’t differ from that of gasoline or diesel powered buses. The bus can accelerate up to 150 kilometers per hour. The battery lifespan is 8 years, or 20 thousand charge cycles.

 

ULAN MUSSABEKOV, BUS DRIVER:

- I have traveled by different cars. When the electric buses had come, I tried it right away. What can I say? It is a pleasure to drive. The passengers like it because there is no smell of fuel.

 

The electric buses are assembled in the Almaty region. These are the first copies which are transported from the assembly line. The so-called long buses with greater passenger capacity are about to be commissioned. After a successful introduction  on the capital’s streets, the same electric buses will soon appear on passenger routes in other cities of Kazakhstan.

 

MAKHABBAT IBRAIMOVA, SPOKESPERSON, ELECTRIC BUS MANUFACTURING COMPANY:

 - We are receiving a lot of positive comments, very good responses and words of gratitude. Of course, this is very nice. In addition, this is our production which is made in Kazakhstan.

 

Solar-powered bus stops have appeared in Astana, too. Special panels accumulate almost 800-watt of electricity per day. This is enough for the full operation of the station. Moreover, experts note that even in severely cold weather, the bus stops will be illuminated and heated by solar power. The project is still in a pilot mode. The project was made possible due to private investments.

 

RUSTAM KADYROV, HEAD OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT:

- In addition to solar cells, rechargeable batteries are used which accumulate electricity during the day and in the evening the batteries give out the electricity. While we have applied these installations to 5 closed bus stop complexes, we are planning to introduced them in 27 bus stops.

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