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KAMAZ electric trucks: accidentally declassified

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On the fourth of June, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov visited KAMAZ: different models were put up for him, starting from the very first truck and ending with cars of the promising K5 series.

On the fourth of June, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov visited KAMAZ: different models were put up for him, starting from the very first truck and ending with cars of the promising K5 series.
In the line from left to right — a joint concept of KAMAZ / NAMI Shuttle, the first and two-millionth copies of trucks

Among other things, the guest took a ride behind the wheel of a brand-new KAMAZ electric bus: perhaps Kazan will also be transferred to this transport.

Among other things, the guest took a ride behind the wheel of a brand-new KAMAZ electric bus: perhaps Kazan
This electric bus has Tatarstan numbers, but judging by its coloring and emblems, it is intended for Moscow, just like its brothers

Although the KAMAZ press information refers only to the electric bus (which is already well known to Muscovites), one of the photos shows a piece of the frame of an unusual truck, it looks like it is also electric. We haven’t seen this before.

And about what does it cost Minnikhanov?
And about what does it cost Minnikhanov?

We started searching and found beautiful pictures that I took (by accident?) in the shop during the visit, the photographer of the official press service — not of KAMAZ, but of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Here they are, electro-KAMAZ — one after the other!
Here they are, electro-KAMAZ, one after the other!

So, we have two electric trucks in front of us, and something can already be said about them. Cabs-Mercedes, from the Axor model, but this is, of course, not the main thing. On both sides of the frame, you can see large traction batteries and the typical high-voltage orange wiring for such machines. You know where I’ve seen this before? On Mercedes actros electric trucks!

Mercedes eActros trucks at the "electric filling station" at the headquarters in Stuttgart
Mercedes eActros trucks at the “electric filling station” at the headquarters in Stuttgart

And even twice went on them as a passenger in 2018 and this spring.

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KAMAZ people are clearly following in the footsteps of their shareholder Daimler (which owns 15% of the shares of KAMAZ PJSC) and it is logical that they use not only its ideas, but also the same components.

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electric KAMAZ
electric KAMAZ

For example, the hub covers clearly show that the electric KAMAZ is the same as on eactros trucks, the ZF AVE 130 electric transport bridge, where the electric motors are located near the hubs (but this, as we have already written, is not a motor wheel). By the way, the same bridge, only with a beam turned 180 degrees, is equipped with electric buses of GAZ and KAMAZ brands, which are working with all their might in Moscow.

This is what one of the ZF bridge's electric motors looks like...
...and the bridge itself on the eactros truck

So, the other components are unified with the current electric buses? We consulted with experts, but they did not confirm our guesses: according to them, the Russian company Drive Electro batteries with Toshiba cells are installed on KAMAZ electric buses in Moscow, but they look different.

Even under the mask, you can find out about trucks says chief designer for cars Andrey Savinkov
Even under the mask, you can find out about trucks says chief designer for cars Andrey Savinkov

So, apparently, the opposite is true: the components that are tested on these electric trucks will be completed with electric buses of the next generation.

Among other details, we can mention two expansion tanks and a radiator behind the cab (which means that the batteries have liquid cooling).

The cooling system components are visible behind the cab
The cooling system components are visible behind the cab

Two blocks below, possibly traction converters for each of the electric motors. And on the side, on the protective bar, you can see a red button for emergency disconnection of the electrical system and a black socket for charging.

Below the 24-volt batteries-apparently a charging socket
Below the 24-volt batteries-apparently a charging socket

The characteristics are probably traditional for “Europeans”: charging is at night, the power reserve is from 100 to 200 km, and electrical equipment consumes several tons compared to its diesel counterpart. Not only Mercedes has such cars: DAF, MAN, Volvo, and Renault build them individually. Even the last fortress, Scania (its representatives have always been against electric trucks, claiming that hybrids are more profitable), recently fell — Scania announced a three-year contract for the delivery of 75 such vehicles to Norway at once.

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Battery Scania for Norway
Battery Scania for Norway

From all this, we can conclude that KAMAZ did not make a revolution in the electric car business, but it follows the leading European manufacturers. And before the Mercedes shareholders are not ashamed.

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