Sedan and crossover, Russian traction battery, modular platform and range extenders. The head of Avtotor told a lot of interesting things about the first mass Russian electric vehicles

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Chairman of the Board of Directors of Avtotor Holding Valery Gorbunov gave a long interview to TASS, in which he told a lot of interesting things about the project of the first mass-produced Russian electric car. And the company really wants this electric car to be Russian: Avtotor seeks to localize all key components, including the engine and control system.

When asked what the first Russian mass-produced electric vehicles would look like, the head of Avtotor said that they would be sedan and crossover segments B and C according to the European classification. That is something like Lada Vesta and Hyundai Solaris/Creta. The emergence of hatchbacks and even a minivan is not ruled out in the future – the company’s equipment allows the production of class D cars. The choice of relatively compact class B and C models is due to the current economic situation in the country and purchasing power.

Avtotor will use a modular platform for its electric vehicles. At the first stage, the company plans to use a localized platform, adapted and modified in terms of enabling the use of various types of power plants.

Avtotor plans to produce a pure electric car at the first stage. Strategically, the company does not plan to deal with hybrids, as they believe that the future belongs to electric and gas engines. However, the lack of a developed charging infrastructure and the geography of the country determine the development of the concept of increasing autonomy through the so-called mileage extenders, which, among other things, can be compact gas engines. They recharge the main traction battery on the go.

“As for adapting to roads and climatic conditions, of course, this is planned, starting from the presence of slow portable charging stations connected to a regular outlet that come with the car, and ending with heating and cooling systems for the traction battery”, said Valery Gorbunov.

Answering questions regarding localization, the head of Avtotor said the following: “The task that we are solving today is to localize all the key components of the power plant of an electric vehicle and a number of others. These are a traction motor, a control system, a battery, etc. All of them, of course, should not depend on imported components. The task is quite difficult, but solvable. As I have already said, we intend to produce part of the auto components ourselves, and we will also use the auto components that we already have in our country to the maximum in our production. Lithium-ion battery cells will also be locally produced in Kaliningrad. We will receive them from the Rosatom enterprise, which is now being created in the Kaliningrad region – we have signed a relevant cooperation agreement. This is a completely domestic development and completely domestic production, raw materials and, no less important, domestic software, since each battery must be controlled by its own unit, provide appropriate charging and battery operation modes and a constant temperature regime. It is also planned to supply energy storage systems, high-voltage wiring, connectors, connectors and other components for our production from the Rosatom enterprise. Accelerated import substitution is not just relevant now. It is a necessity. And we are closely involved in this topic.”.

The pilot batch of the first mass-produced Russian electric vehicles will be released in 2023. They will cost much less than Tesla cars.

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