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The capital city of Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan has upgraded part of its bus fleet by introducing 100 electric buses.

The electric buses began being deployed in Nur-Sultan at the start of 2020 and are expected to support the local transportation system by reducing interval and waiting times. The lithium-ion battery buses contribute less to air and noise pollution than previous diesel models and are also equipped with USB-ports and Wi-Fi for the enjoyment of riders.


Electrification is widely regarded as one of the best ways to decarbonize the transport sector that has long been oil-dependent. Although currently largely reliant on fossil fuel-based power, the emissions the buses are responsible for will fall as the country increases its share of renewables in the energy mix.

In a city where air pollution from transportation is a leading health hazard, the new buses will help reduce the emission of harmful NOx particles and improve air quality for residents.

The city is also encouraging private electric vehicles with 49 new electric charging stations installed throughout Nur-Sultan.

The new electric buses will transport residents in a more environmentally-friendly fashion (photo by City Transportation Systems).

The Challenge

Air pollution from transportation is a leading health hazard in Nur-Sultan. To address this, the city is upgrading part of its bus fleet with electric buses to improve air quality.


Economic The city believes the project has impacted the local economy by creating jobs and by helping local businesses located close to charging stations.

Health The electric buses will reduce the amount of harmful NOx particles in the air helping to improve the health of residents.

Environment By replacing diesel buses with lithium-ion battery buses, the city will begin decreasing its air and noise pollution.