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First Belarusian electric car unveiled

Economy 22.08.2017 | 14:42

MINSK, 22 August (BelTA) – The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) has presented the first Belarusian electric car. The event took place at the national proving ground for mobile vehicles of the NASB's Mechanical Engineering Institute, BelTA has learned.

“One year ago we approached Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov with the proposal to create an electric car. He backed the idea. Less than one year later you can see an experimental model with all the parameters, the look, and with the electric components we have created with assistance of other companies with the relevant competences,” said Sergei Poddubko, Director General of the Mechanical Engineering Institute.

In his words, the car has been designed for urban conditions. The motor's output is 60kW or some 80hp. The power is sufficient for urban conditions. “The top speed we have tested in this proving ground is 110kmph. We have not clearly determined the time from 0 to 100kmph yet. We use the car sparingly and therefore have installed a digital safety system. We are gradually improving its capabilities. We will find out everything it is capable of with time. If necessary, we will make adjustments,” said the official.

The car's battery can be charged using the regular 220V power socket or a special charger. If the voltage is 220V, it takes six hours to fully charge the battery. If the voltage is higher, then it takes about four hours, noted Sergei Poddubko.

The experimental electric car is based on the stock car Geely SC7, which is assembled in Belarus. The experimental car will allow finding optimal compositions for electric components, fine-tuning their parameters, paving way for the creation of a batch-produced prototype followed by the possible commercial production of electric cars in Belarus.

All the components of the electric traction drive are made in Belarus. The developers only had to import the drive battery from the Russian company Ener Z, which had won the relevant tender.

Instructions have been given to start producing batteries in Belarus. The materials research center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus has come up with a new effective material, which can be used to create super capacitors to power electric drive vehicles.

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