After several setbacks, Russia’s first electric vehicle, Zetta, is now scheduled to enter series production by the end of the year. The Togliatti factory in the Samara area will manufacture the small three-door electric car. By 2024, a fuel cell vehicle will be available.
This is according to Sputnik International, which cites a live interview with Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov. “Zetta is the shortest automobile being developed and undergoing final testing; we hope to start serial production by the end of this year,” Manturov told Russian network RBK TV. The vehicle’s peak speed is estimated to be 120 km/h.
Zetta is a tiny three-door electric car with a top speed of 120 kph (74.6 mph) that will be mass-produced at the Togliatti factory in the Samara area of Russia, the automotive industry’s core.
The standard variant costs 550,000 roubles (about 7511 USD).
The commencement of Zetta manufacturing was initially scheduled for 2020, however, it had to be pushed back owing to the Corona epidemic as well as financial issues. Without a private investor, Zetta might become an air bubble, according to state development foundation circles in September of last year.
By 2030, Russia hopes that electric vehicles will account for 10% of overall vehicle manufacturing. Manturov claims that mass manufacturing of the hydrogen-powered Aurus, a Russian premium vehicle brand, would commence in 2024.
“By 2024, we intend to build a mass-produced model that will be offered to the market,” he stated. At the end of May, a prototype of the hydrogen-powered Aurus Senate was unveiled.