GAZ Group presents new models on compressed natural gas

GAZ Group presents the new models GAZelle Next CNG and GAZon Next CNG fueled by compressed natural gas. The vehicles are demonstrated at the VI St. Petersburg International Gas Forum (PMGF-2016), which runs from 4 to 7 October in the Expoforum Exhibition Centre  in St. Petersburg.

GAZ Group presents new models    on compressed natural gas GAZ Group, the leading Russian manufacturer of CNG transport, presents the new vehicles of the Next generation running on compressed natural gas. The vehicles combine comfort, safety and functionality of the Next family with high cost efficiency and ecological compatibility. Compressed gas is the most cost effective of the fuels used in commercial vehicles, it provides lower operational costs by 40-50% (depending on the mileage and features of a particular model) compared to gasoline and diesel fuel.

GAZelle Next drop-side truck is equipped with a new bi-fuel Evotech Turbo engine working on both natural gas and gasoline. The use of a turbocharger increased the power characteristics of the power train, improved the dynamics of acceleration and the speed performance. In particular, the maximum torque is increased up to 255 Nm (including the increased torque at low engine speed from 1 000 to 2 500 revolutions per minute), and the maximum power of the engine was increased up to 120 hp. The vehicle is equipped with four gas cylinders with the total capacity of 41.6 cubic meters. The cruising range is 750 km including 300 km on gas. The new engine is optimized for working on natural gas. The gas valve module ensures precise dosage of fuel in all modes of operation and allows the engine exhaust manifold allows for a long time to work on depleted mixtures, which ensures low fuel consumption.

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The tow truck based on the medium-tonnage GAZon Next CNG truck, is equipped with modern diesel engine YaMZ-534 CNG with150 hp. Seven gas cylinders with the total capacity 72.8 m3 provide the cruising range of at least 370 km. Maximum torque is 493 Nm. GAZon Next CNG is designed for evacuation of vehicles with the GVW of up to 2.5 tons. The cost of the base chassis is 2.5 - 3 times lower than the cost of the models traditionally used to install the towing units and using a CNG engine can save up to 160 thousand rubles a year at the mileage 60 thousand km.

The stationary evacuation platform V-Simple made in Russia and installed on GAZon Next, is manufactured of high-quality steel. One of the features of the platform is 4-layer paint that provides wear-resistant and durable coating. The crane manipulator Palfinger 13500TB, specially developed for automotive towing vehicles, has a maximum pay load capacity of 5 tons with the 2 m length of its boom and 1.5 tons with an 8 m boom. The tow truck is equipped with crossbars with hydraulic centering in combination with slings and wheel clamps.

The vehicles have modern gas equipment, all the components of which are certified for compliance with the requirements of the Eurasian Economic Commission of the United Nations and ensure that maximum fire safety requirements are fulfilled.

Pavel Sereda, Director of LCV Division:

- In 2010, GAZ pioneered serial production of vehicles running on gas fuel. In the first stage, those were vehicles using liquefied gas - propane-butane, from 2013 onwards, our lineup started to include vehicles working on compressed natural gas (CNG). In 2016, the company starts to manufacture vehicles with two new types of powertrains: turbocharged gas/petrol Evotech engine and YaMZ CNG engine. Switching to gas will allow consumers to significantly reduce fuel costs and reduce the payback period of investment in updating and expanding vehicle fleets.