Uzbekistan: Electric bus from Belarus starts operation in Tashkent

Photo from the Embassy of Belarus in Uzbekistan

TASHKENT (TCA) — The first Belarusian electric bus Vitovt Electro E420 has been put to use in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, BelTA news agency reported with reference to the Belarusian embassy in Uzbekistan.

Made by Minsk-based Belkommunmash, the electric bus of a bright yellow color was delivered to the capital of Uzbekistan in September.

The bus will be tested for three months by delivering passengers along its first line. The electric bus will be used in one of the most heavily populated parts of the Uzbek capital city.

The bus is fitted with a system of super capacitors, which get fully charged within 5-10 minutes while the bus is at an end stop. The bus can travel along the entire distance of the line for up to 15 times per day. It can cover over 40 km on one charge. The passenger compartment is equipped with a powerful air conditioning system, which is important in Tashkent.

Cost effectiveness is one of the key advantages of the electric bus. Even in comparison with new buses made in Uzbekistan by joint ventures involving German and Korean manufacturers, the daily cost of charging the Belarusian bus is 10 times less than the cost of diesel fuel a conventional bus burns on the same line.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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