GAZ Group has prepared the electric LCV GAZelle Next

GAZ Group has prepared the electric LCV GAZelle Next

RusAutoNews.Com – GAZ Group has developed a unified platform for the electric versions of GAZelle Next commercial vehicles. The relevant statement has been made by the Chairman of GAZ Group Vadim Sorokin to zr.ru website. Sorokin has highlighted the possibility of production of dropside trucks, vans and minibuses on the basis of a single platform. The company has already manufactured three prototypes of electric vehicles and another one will be on show at the ComTrans 2017 Commercial Equipment Exhibition in Moscow in September.

The carrying capacity of the electric vehicle on GAZelle Next basis is equivalent to 1500 kg. The vehicle is equipped with a 90 kW (122.3 hp) electric engine with a specific design. The maximum velocity of the electric vehicle is 100 km/h. Fully charged, the vehicle can travel 120 km.

GAZ Group intends to go beyond the prototype stage. The further development of the model range of GAZ electric vehicles will be implemented after the development of the component base, either alone or with partners, the names of which have not been disclosed. “The high cost of the basic electric components, almost 100% of which are imported, is the biggest problem today” – noted Sorokin: “For that reason, GAZ Group is currently developing an electric engine for light commercial vehicles with higher efficiency, batteries with their own control systems and a number of other key automobile components, in cooperation with Lomonosov Moscow State University and other partners. The assembly of the prototypes of the new generation is planned to start in Autumn, with more modern features”.

GAZ Group has become the first Russian commercial vehicles producer to commence operations on the creation of the electric versions of the manufactured models and to produce prototypes of the aforementioned vehicles.

In the meantime, Ulyanovsk Car Factory UAZ is also preparing its environmentally friendly automobile. UAZ is working on the creation of a hybrid version of the light commercial truck UAZ Profi, at the request of Rosset company. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has announced the creation of the electric version of the Sprinter van, which will be put on test next year.

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