GAZ Group, a company of the Basic Element, one of the most diversified industrial groups in Russia, presents the new CNG vehicles of the Next family. The GAZelle Next food truck is equipped with a turbocharged gas-petrol EvoTech Turbo CNG engine, a prospective product developed by the Ulyanovsk engine plant of GAZ Group, and the GAZon Next dump truck is equipped with a new YaMZ-534 CNG engine. Both vehicles comply with the requirements of Euro-5 emission standard. The vehicles are presented at the fifith Saint Petersburg international gas forum to be held on 6 – 9 October 2015.
The vehicles using natural gas, combine comfort, safety and functionality of the NEXT family of high economic efficiency and environmental friendliness. On cars with modern gas equipment, all components are certified for compliance with the requirements of the UN Eurasian Economic Commission and ensure compliance with the maximum requirements for fire safety. Compressed gas is the most cost effective fuels used by commercial vehicles, its use reduces operating costs by 60% and 50% compared to gasoline and diesel fuel, respectively.
The mobile shop on Gazelle Next chassis is equipped with four gas cylinders totaling 41.6 cubic meters. The new bi-fuel EvoTech Turbo CNG engine is equipped with a turbocharger and an intercooler. The use of a turbocharger improved the power characteristics of the power train, the acceleration dynamics and speed characteristics. For instance, the maximum torque increased to 255 Nm (including the increased torque at low engine speed range from 1 000 to 2 500 rpm). The vehicles with the new version have better dynamics of acceleration and speed characteristics. The engine displacement is 2.69 liters, its maximum power is 120 h.p. Switching from gasoline to gas occurs without any loss of power. The cruising range of the car is 700 km, including 300 km on compressed gas.
The configuration of the mobile shop allows to use this car as a standalone mobile outlet for sale of food products and other goods. The external and internal walls are decorated with easily washable durable plastic. The modern climate system, and reliable heat insulation allow to maintain a comfortable temperature all year round. Refrigerated display cases and cabinets, the freezer allows to store products at temperatures from -25 to +7 degrees. The bio-WC, the autonomous sink with the water heater ensure compliance of the seller’s workplace with all sanitary standards.
The dump truck built on the chassis of a medium-duty GAZon Next truck, is equipped with a new YaMZ -534 CNG 149 h.p. engine. & gas cylinders with the total volume of 72.8 m3 ensure the range of at least 370 km. The max torque is 490 Nm. This compact garbage truck with rear loading is designed for carrying garbage containers with the capacity of up to 1 100 L (incl. 110/120/240/330/660 L). The small dimensions of the vehicle help to reach the hard-to-access container sites, to maneuver in the busy city streets, as well as to drive along the routes from which the heavy-duty vehicles are banned. The vehicle is suitable for operation within the territories of large plants. The working capacity of the cargo platform is 8.7 m3, the payload of the tipper is 800 kg, the weight of the loaded garbage is up to 2 800 kg.
Oleg Markov, Sales and marketing Director of the LCV Division of GAZ Group:
– Since 2010, GAZ has been serially producing bi-fuel vehicles powered with gas-petrol engines. The demand for these vehicles is constantly growing. Today, they account for 10-12% of our total sales in the LCV segment. The transition to gas fuel increases the cost effectiveness of the fleets and allows our customers to significantly reduce the period of the payback on investments.