Most of the trolleybuses purchased by the city administration were brought to Yekaterinburg from the Belkommunmash enterprise (Belarus). As URA.RU has learned, they will go on routes on December 1st.
“34 of the 49 purchased autonomous trolleybuses were delivered to the city. The rest will arrive in the coming days,” said an informed agency source. Two dozen cars are already driving around the city – to Academichesky (route No. 14), to the Universitetsky residential complex in Vtuzgorodok (No. 37) and to the 7th city hospital (No. 4), as well as on route No. 1: Khimmash – Railway Station.
As URA.RU wrote, money for updating the trolleybus fleet was allocated to Yekaterinburg back in 2022 – by decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The contract with the supplier was signed in November, but Mayor Alexey Orlov was able to test the first machines only in March: due to sanctions, delivery was twice interrupted.
In 2023, Yekaterinburg also purchased buses on leasing terms. As a result of a powerful hardware dispute, NEFAZ became the supplier of 35 units. It is expected that new buses will begin running on municipal routes in December – if nothing goes wrong due to financial problems at Gortrans.