Russian manufacturer Kamaz presents first fuel cell bus

The Russian commercial vehicle manufacturer Kamaz has presented its first hydrogen bus. The Kamaz 6290 will be tested on the streets of Moscow starting in 2022.

The presentation took place at the ‘Comtrans 2021’ trade fair in Moscow. The range of the 6290 is said to be up to 250 kilometers, which, according to Kamaz, makes the bus suitable for intercity transport.

“The world is moving forward and we cannot lag behind,” says Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec, the state-owned corporation that owns Kamaz. “The hydrogen bus, or the hydrogen electric bus, is the next step in the search for alternative energy sources and in the development of modern environmentally friendly passenger transport.”

Andrei Savkinov, chief designer at Kamaz, also indicated that a prototype of the 6290 will be tested in real-world operation in Moscow next year. Moscow was chosen as the test location not only because of its focus on electric buses: “

There is an autonomous hydrogen filling station only in Chernogolovka near Moscow, so we can’t test the hydrogen-electric bus elsewhere,” the chief designer said. The test runs are expected to be completed in the course of 2023.

“In case the relevant refueling infrastructure is set up and there is a demand for the new kind of eco-transport on the part of Moscow, we plan to provide for final assembly of hydrogen fuel cell buses at the Sokolniki Car Repair and Construction Plant in the capital of the country, where Kamaz electric buses are already assembled successfully,” Savkinov said. In other words, in the same plant where the battery buses are already assembled.

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