The Ural Automobile Plant plans to start serial production of Arctic passenger cars and road trains in 2024, according to the chief designer of the Arctic bus project.
Russian Artic Bus
Arctic buses are primarily designed to transport people to hard-to-reach places where other vehicles cannot. Maltsev said the serial launch should take place in 2024. According to the experience of mass-produced cars, the number of cars produced per year can reach about 300.
Arctic Buses: Distinctive Features
Arctic buses are characterized by autonomous life support capabilities. Passengers can survive 24 hours until help. We are currently working on design improvements. Therefore, in the next version, the thermal and technical characteristics of the bus will be improved thanks to the van with a single-volume body (now the cabin and the passenger cabin are separated).
According to the designers, the car also takes into account the ecological characteristics of the area where it is located. It is equipped with wide, low-pressure tires that provide high traction on poor terrain and snow. It is also important not to damage the vegetation layer, as the northern wheeled vehicle path will be restored in about 30 years. The equipment does not harm the soil, Maltsev explained. According to him, the bus runs on diesel but can be equipped with a gas engine.
Arctic buses are designed to transport people and goods
Arctic Road Buses and Trains are designed to transport people and goods in areas with poor road networks in cold temperatures. The total weight of these buses is 17 tons, the wheel arrangement is 6 x 6 and the capacity is 20 people. Arctic Road Trains include medical, educational, home and catering modules.
The total weight of the vehicle is 28 tons, the payload is 11.5 tons, and the wheel configuration is 6×6 (tractor), 2/4 (semi-trailer). The prototype bus was initially tested last winter, with further tests scheduled for later this year, and work on the pool bus is expected to be completed next year.