In 2014, OJSC KAMAZ sold 104 large-class passenger NEFAZ buses on compressed natural gas under the program of granting government support subsidies from the federal budget.
The rules of granting subsidies for the purchase of buses and vehicles for housing and communal services were approved by Decree #1027 of the Government of the Russian Federation dated October 08, 2014.
NEFAZ-5299-30-51 buses on compressed natural gas produced by NEFAZ, KAMAZ’s subsidiary in Neftekamsk (Bashkortostan), have already arrived in the Republic of Dagestan, Tula and Voronezh Oblasts.
30 buses were received by MKP Tulgorelektrotrans engaged in urban transportation by buses, trolleybuses and trams in Tula and Tula Oblast.
60 buses were purchased by the Government of the Republic of Dagestan to serve intracity routes of the capital. Purchases were made under the priority project for the development of the Republic of Dagestan “Points of Growth, Investment and Effective Regional Development”.
The transport department of the urban district’s administration of Voronezh purchased 14 buses to improve the urban transportation network and replace a large part of minibuses with large-class buses under the regional program “People's Route”.
KAMAZ has been developing advanced vehicles running on alternative fuels for a long time. One of such projects is a NEFAZ bus powered with compressed natural gas.
The delivered passenger buses are equipped with gas-powered Mercedes-Benz M 906 LAG/EEV/1 engines complying with Euro 5 emission standards and are based on KAMAZ chassis. The total capacity of one passenger bus is 105 people. A VOITH D 854.3E hydromechanical transmission, a Knorr-Bremse brake system, front and rear air suspensions ensure safety. The basic version features a kneeling system – a device tilting the vehicle which saves time at bus stops and enables passengers to board and leave the bus more easily. The model has a robust frame, all-metal monocoque wagon body made of two-sided galvanized steel with a 12-year warranty against rust.