31 Aug '12, 4pm

First Production Russian Electric Car On the Way

First Production Russian Electric Car On the Way

It's quite uncommon for Russian cars to make news in the West, but it happened this week with Avtovaz unveiling an electric version of its popular Lada Kalina model. As the largest carmaker in Russia, Avtovaz, which sells its cars under the Lada brand name, has already unveiled several electric prototypes. With a battery or a fuel cell, there have been strange experiments with off the shelf parts. Like taking an electric motor from some industrial machinery, a fuel cell from an old submarine, and assembling them inside a car. But today's efforts are much more serious, with production plans It will come as a surprise to many because if there is any country ill-suited to EVs, it's Russia. This is the largest country in the world. Roads are long and in bad condition. And it can be incredibly cold. Moscow sitsat the same latitude as Edmonton (Canada). If a strong battery-hungr...

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