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Moscow to begin testing hydrogen buses in 2022

Moscow will begin testing hydrogen fuel cell buses by September 2022. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed an agreement to that effect with representatives of KAMAZ and RUSNANO at the Moscow Urban Forum. A center for the production of hydrogen buses will be created on the basis of SVARZ plant—site of the production of battery-electric buses (earlier post)—in 2023.


Refueling urban transport with hydrogen is convenient and economical. When using hydrogen fuel, only water vapor and heat are released. In winter, the heat can be used to heat the bus cabin—it is convenient and safe, with zero emissions.

Improving the environment is one of our most important priorities in Moscow. We continue to adapt public transport in accordance with the "green" agenda. It is important for us to create a modern, convenient, environmentally friendly transport in Russia. Today we are working on the creation of a hydrogen bus—the most modern urban surface transport in the world. It will be developed on the basis of SVARZ plant for the production of electric buses. This will be a Russian development for Moscow and the residents of the city. New hydrogen buses will become the most environmentally friendly, innovative and safe transport for passengers of our city.

—Maksim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport



In the Russian climate there are clear and obvious advantages to using hydrogen and fuel cells, although BEV buses are currently cheaper to buy.

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