Ukraine under the Ukraine Urban Public Transport Project of the European Investment Bank (EIB) plans to buy 227 buses, 153 trolleybuses, 56 trams and 35 subway wagons in 2019, according to a posting on the website of the Infrastructure Ministry.
“The Infrastructure Ministry together with the Finance Ministry and local governments (11 cities) are implementing the EIB project, which main goals are to implement subprojects in the cities of Ukraine to develop environmentally friendly and socially significant transport,” the ministry said.
The project provides for the renewal of the fleet of buses, trolleybuses, trams, metro cars, construction and reconstruction of tram and trolleybus lines, funicular, replacement of traction substations, introduction of modern fare collection systems and information systems using borrowed funds from the EIB and EBRD.
According to the Infrastructure Ministry, in particular, in 2018, under the project 167 trolleybuses were purchased, including 47 units for Odesa, 40 units for Kremenchuk, 23 trolleybuses delivered to Dnipro, 10 to Kremenchuk, and eight – to Kryvy Rih.
Thanks to these purchases, taking into account the trolleybus fleet in these cities as of January 1, 2018, Odesa has now updated its fleet by 28%, Kremenchuk – by 70%, Dnipro – by 17%, Rivne and Kryvy Rih – by 10% each.
As reported, in April 2017, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada passed a bill ratifying the financial agreement between Ukraine and the EIB under the Ukraine Urban Public Transport Project.
The approximate total cost of the project is EUR 400 million.
Suchasni Vantazhivky LLC (Modern Trucks, Kyiv), part of the large Ukrainian automotive holding AVTEK, has won a tender to supply 12 low-deck large city buses to municipal enterprise Electroautotrans (Ivano-Frankivsk), offering Guleryur Cobra GD 272 LF buses made in Turkey for UAH 65.995 million with the expected cost of UAH 70.8 million.
According to the results of the auction in the ProZorro e-procurement system held on Thursday, the initial offer of the winner was UAH 70.632 million. Auto-Region LLC (Kyiv) and Autograd-2007 LLC (Cherkasy) also took part in the auction. The price was cut during bidding.
According to the technical conditions, low-deck buses of at least 11.9 meters long are to be made no earlier 2018, meet the Euro 5 emission standard and capable to carry 94 passengers with 26 seats.
The buses are to be supplied before March 1, 2019.
Ukrainian manufacturers did not submit bids for the auction.
According to information on the ProZorro platform, Alfateks, a large supplier of trucks and special-purpose vehicles, won the auction to supply 10 large buses to Kremenchuk, offering MAZ 103 buses for UAH 57.975 million with the expected cost of UAH 58 million.
According to the conditions of the tender, the buses are to be supplied to Kremenchuk road transport enterprise before December 20, 2019.
Bas Motor LLC (the division of the Bogdan Corporation) offered Bogdan A 70132 buses for UAH 58 million and did not reduce the price during the auction.
The Bogdan Corporation has hanlded five 12-meter bodies for electric buses to France’s Bluebus environment-friendly transport manufacturer under a contract signed this spring.
The press service of Bogdan Motors reported on Wednesday that the bus bodies were shipped in the approved terms. The customer expressed its interest in further cooperation.
“This contract confirms the competitiveness of the domestic automotive industry in the EU market. Our enterprises are ahead of European products by their cost and, most importantly, they do not concede them in quality. With the government support, Ukrainian plants will be able to strengthen their positions and find new customers in Europe,” the press service reported, citing Director of Automobile Assembly Plant No. 1 of Bogdan Motors (Lutsk) Dmytro Pysany.
The press service said that the plant in Lutsk designs and produces electric transport since 2008, which can become the basis for expanding cooperation between the Ukrainian plant and the French customer. The corporation recalled that this year the Lutsk plant intends to develop and produce at least 15 electric special trucks for EU cities under the contract concluded with Denmark’s BankeElectromotive. In the case of successful pilot operation, mass production of trucks for Western Europe will begin this year.