ZF drivelines for 565 citybuses in Russia

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The ZF AV132 lowfloor rear axle
The ZF AV132 lowfloor rear axle

RUSSIA Moscow-based public transport authority Mosgortrans has specified ZF driveline and chassis technology for its new 565 vehicle intake. It includes transmission systems, axles and steering technology.

Mosgortans believes attractive, economical and more environmentally-friendly urban public transport networks can be achieved by combining contemporary commercial vehicle components and the systems expertise of a leading technology company. It is why the authority has ordered 565 new citybuses with ZF’s driveline and chassis technology. They begin operation in Moscow from the end of August.

Moscow has more than 12m inhabitants and about the same number use the transport network every day. There are more than 520 city and intercity routes covering around 765 000km. All 565 citybuses have been built by Russian vehicle manufacturer, LiAZ. There are 404 single-deck citybuses and the remaining 161 are articulated buses. They all feature ZF automatic transmissions, RL 85A front axles and AV32 lowfloor driven rear axles. Articulated buses also have the AVN 132 non-driven tag axle. Steering equipment is provided by ZF Lenksysteme.

Mosgortrans has previously specified ZF’s expertise in the past and previous major intakes to the network mean there are already 5,000 similarly equipped buses operating in the fleet. ZF sees considerable potential for future growth in the region as from July 2012 a further 19 municipalities officially became part of the Moscow administrative area.