The trilateral contract for the supply of 18 electric and 70 gas buses of Kazakhstan production to Mangistau region was signed by Akim of Aktau city Galymzhan Niyazov, President of Social and Entrepreneurial Corporation “Kaspiy” JSC Zhomart Abiyesov and Director of SaryarkaAvtoProm LLP Syrym Semeibayev.
Within the signed memorandum it is planned to conduct a test study of the operating characteristics of Ankai gas buses. With a satisfactory result of examinations Social and Entrepreneurial Corporation “Kaspiy” JSC shall purchase 70 gas buses for the renewal of the bus fleet in Mangistau region.
For the purposes of modernization and renewal of passenger transport in Aktau it is decided to replace buses with expired operation life gradually with the new “green” ones. Within the project it is also planned by Social and Entrepreneurial Corporation “Kaspiy” JSC to purchase 18 electrobuses, manufactured at SaryarkaAvtoProm LLP, and initiate a new route.
Currently in Aktau city there are 5 operating Ankai electrobuses manufactured at car-making factory SaryarkaAvtoProm LLP that is a part of Group of Companies “Allur” JSC. Infrastructure of 5 electrical recharging stations for fast recharging has also been organized. This is the first experience of regular communication on electrobuses in Kazakhstan. This particular lot of electrobuses was manufactured especially to serve the delegates of the Summit of the Pre-Caspian heads of states with the subsequent transfer to operation on socially significant routes of Aktau. Four buses conduct transportation service on a regular line from the international airport to the city center. The fifth bus Akimat of Aktau handed over to the football club of the region.
It is worthwhile noting that in addition to Aktau city, Astana is also seriously considering the issue of launching 70 electrobuses on city routes. At present details of routes and places for installation of charging infrastructure are being considered by the group of Chinese specialists with great experience in the operation of electrobuses.
Buses of Kazakhstan production shall be purchased on favourable terms through the program on the renewal of bus fleet with locally manufactured buses from the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and DBK-Leasing JSC at 7% per annum. The initial payment is assumed to be from 15%, leasing period – up to 7 years and grace period for development of up to 6 months is provided in case of pre-order.