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Chinese natural-gas buses to run in two Kazakhstan cities

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Kazakhstan 28 May 2020 (GNP):  A total of 760 buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) made by Chinese bus-maker Yutong are expected to arrive in the Kazakh cities of Shymkent and Atyrau by early June.

To facilitate cross-border transportation amid COVID-19, Yutong switched to railway transportation from the platform lorry.”It has become the largest overseas order that Yutong garnered since the outbreak of COVID-19 in January,” said Miao Yuan, a regional sales manager at Yutong.

The municipal governments of Shymkent and Atyrau purchased 590 units and 170 units respectively, aiming to reduce their bus deficit and curb air pollution.”During the long and chilly winter in Kazakhstan, salt is commonly used to keep the icy and snow-covered roads safer. The tires of Yutong buses have special anti-corrosion design. All window glasses are double-layered to stay warm and prevent frost,” said Miao.

“The Chinese and Kazakh railway authorities are offering a helping hand, making our buses enter into Kazakhstan through two railway ports at the same time, which ensures transportation efficiency amid the pandemic,” said Wang Wenbin, manager of logistics at Yutong. Yutong buses entered the Kazakh market in 2005. The total number of Yutong buses sold in Kazakhstan exceeded 2,000 as of 2019, accounting for more than 40% of China’s exports of large and medium-sized buses exported to the country. The Chinese company has set up eight service stations and one accessory warehouse in the Central Asian country.

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