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Future Belarusian economy-class electric car priced at about $14,000

Society 31.08.2017 | 18:38
Industry Minister Vitaly Vovk, the head of a laboratory of the Mechanical Engineering Institute Alexander Belevich, and Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov examine a Tesla car
Industry Minister Vitaly Vovk, the head of a laboratory of the Mechanical Engineering Institute Alexander Belevich, and Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov examine a Tesla car

MINSK, 31 August (BelTA) – The Belarusian people's electric car may cost about $14,000, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Vladimir Gusakov.

In his words, Belarusian electric car developers will surely try to reach performance standards on par with the latest imports. At the same time electric cars may come in different classes and different models. An economy-class car, a car for the people may be the first one to roll off the assembly line. The next model may be made for richer customers. It will be followed by a premium-class car, said the official.

Asked about possible prices for the economy-class electric car, the middle-range one, and the premium-class car, Vladimir Gusakov noted that the prices have been set at roughly $10,000-14,000 for the people's car, up to $20,000 for the middle-range car, with no price yet available for the premium car.

According to the source, only a prototype has been developed already and has passed some trials. “We've reached the standard parameters in our own class. Tesla cars and our BelGee-based car represent different classes. You have to understand that ours is only a prototype that needs more work on every parameter. Our car can now travel for 100-120km on one charge. We need 200-300km or more. We will work on it. The speed of our car is only 100-120km for now. We intend to raise it to 150km and more. But in this class our prototype has reached the parameters we'd intended to reach,” remarked the official.

The head of Belarus' Academy of Sciences admitted that the Belarusian electric car developers are catching up with the rest of the world in some things. At the same time some solutions are unique such as supercapacitors, which represent a major departure from the mainstream design. “We have our own solutions with regard to the body, the drivetrain, switching, accumulation, and gears. In addition to catch-up solutions we are going to come up with some solutions the world has not seen yet,” stated Vladimir Gusakov.

“These days science is capable of handling even the most complicated tasks. We believe that creating our own national electric car with excellent technical and economic parameters is a task we can handle,” he added.

In turn, Sergei Poddubko, Director General of the Mechanical Engineering Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, noted that the developers are working to increase the speed and the travel distance of the electric car. “All the parameters of the electric car are primarily determined by its battery, the ability of the battery to keep charge. We are working on it. First of all, we need to properly place the battery inside the car. Second, the Academy of Sciences is working on a new type of energy accumulator. We are talking about a new material for supercapacitors. If the project goes well — there is no reason for it not to — the cost of the energy accumulator will be much lower,” said Sergei Poddubko.

He also underlined the importance and the need to create infrastructure for electric cars.

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