First Russian Electric Car to Start Manufacturing by Year-end

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Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov stated on Monday that serial manufacturing of the Zetta, Russia’s first electric automobile, will begin by the end of the year, Sputnik News reports.

Zetta is a three-door small electric car with a top speed of 120 km/h (74.6 mph) that will be mass-produced at the Togliatti factory in the Samara area, Russia’s automotive heartland. The vehicle will cost 550,000 rubles ($77,000) in its base configuration.

The manufacturing of Zetta was originally slated for 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic and financing issues.

The start of mass manufacturing of the Zetta follows a government effort to attain a 10% electric vehicle share of all automobiles made in the country by 2030.

According to Manturov, serial manufacturing of hydrogen-fueled Aurus, a Russian premium automobile brand, would begin in 2024.

According to the official, the business plans to build a mass-produced model that will be offered to the market by 2024.

Late in May, when serial manufacturing of the hydrogen-fueled Aurus Senat began at the Elabuga facility in the Republic of Tatarstan, the first experimental model was unveiled.