Russia To Launch Its First Electric Vehicle End 2021
The compact Zetta is aimed at single city drivers
The Zetta, Russia’s first electric vehicle, is now set to go into series production at the end of this year. The compact three-door electric vehicle is to be produced at the Togliatti plant in the Samara region. A fuel cell car is to follow by 2024. Zetta is a Joint Venture between Russia’s Minpromtorg and Renault.
Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov stated to Russian media. “The Zetta is the smallest electric car, which is being developed and undergoing final tests; we expect to launch its serial production by the end of this year.” The vehicle is expected to reach a top speed of 120 km/h. The price for the basic version is 550,000 rubles (about 6,300 euros) and is aimed at young professionals and families for city use.
Zetta production was originally planned for 2020, but it had to be postponed due to issues related to Covid. Russia wants electric cars to account for 10% of the country’s total vehicle production by 2030.
According to Manturov, mass production of the Aurus, a Russian premium car brand, is also set to begin in 2024. “By 2024 we are planning to develop a mass-produced model to be introduced to the market,” he said. A first model of the hydrogen powered Aurus Senate was presented at the end of May.
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