Russia to Launch World’s Cheapest Electric Car in 2020

Russia is all set to launch its first domestically-made electric car called Zetta (Zero Emission Terra Transport Asset) in 2020, with its certification is in the final stages, as reported by Russian state-run TASS news agency.

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Zetta, which will be manufactured by Russian Engineering and Manufacturing Сompany (REMC), will be the first Russian electric car. It could run at up to 120km/h with a range of around 200 kilometers. The company will start production with an annual capacity of 15,000 units a year.

As per reports the Zetta EV would be priced around $7,000, which would make it the cheapest of its class in the world, on par with other sub-$10,000 models such as Renault City K-ZE and Ora R1.

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Zetta will be produced in the capital of Russia’s car industry, Tolyatti, near Samara on the Volga river, which is also home to the country’s largest carmaker AvtoVaz. REMC is a privately funded startup which was founded three years ago with an investment of around 450 million rubles ($7 million.

The Zetta’s four in-wheel hub induction electric motors provide a nominal power of 46 horsepower and a peak of 97 hp. All of this will be powered by a 10 kilowatt battery that will give the Zetta its 200km driving range.

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Production of Zetta will be 99% localized with the only foreign component being the batteries imported from China. About two-thirds of cars produced in 2020 and 2021 are planned for export.

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