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What electric vehicles have been created in Russia and are they on sale?

According to data for 2011, Russia registeredalmost 11 thousand electric cars. The Nissan Leaf model is the most popular in our country, but, in addition to it, some people opt for Tesla cars. For owners of electric vehicles, there are various benefits - for example, in Moscow they can use parking lots for free. Also, the authorities are thinking of introducing privileges such as a reduced cost of driving on toll roads, legal travel on roads for buses, and so on. In the coming years, the Moskvich plant wants to produce cars with an electric motor, but it is not known exactly what they will be. In general, are there electric vehicles produced by Russian companies and can they be bought? They are, and now we will tell about them.

The Kama-1 car can be considered one of the most beautiful electric vehicles in Russia. What do others look like?


  • 1 Electric cars in the USSR
  • 2 Electric Lada Ellada
  • 3 Electric Lada Vesta EV
  • 4 Electric ZETTA City Module
  • 5 Electric "Monarch"
  • 6 Electric car Izh UV-4
  • 7 Electric Kama-1
  • 8 Electric Yo-mobile

Electric cars in the USSR

The first attempts to create an electric car weretaken in Soviet times. So, in 1948, specialists from the Automotive Research Institute created the NAMI-750 and NAMI-751 vans. When driving at speeds up to 25 kilometers per hour, these cars could travel up to 70 kilometers on a single charge. Engineers already then provided for the possibility of replenishing energy from a 220-volt outlet. A limited number of copies were produced, which until 1958 were used to deliver mail in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

There was not much difference between the NAMI-750 and NAMI-751 vans

Subsequently, Soviet engineers developed morea few electric vehicles, but they were intended for industrial use. The first electric car for ordinary people was presented in 1997, at the MIMS 97 automobile show. It was the electric Moskvich-2335E1, which could accelerate to 60 kilometers per hour and travel up to 100 kilometers on a single charge. The purchase of such a car was considered very profitable, but the production was very expensive. In total, 14 copies of the pickup truck were created.

Electric pickup Moskvich-2335E1


Electric Lada Ellada

The first electric car released after the collapseUSSR, became Lada Ellada. At its core, this is a Lada Kalina car converted to electric traction. It was presented to the public in 2011 and boasted of having a 60-kilowatt engine with 80 horsepower. The maximum speed was 130 kilometers per hour, and the cruising range was estimated at 150 kilometers. However, during a test drive from Krasnodar to Anapa, the car was able to drive 207 kilometers without recharging. It took 8 hours to replenish energy through a 220-volt outlet.

Electric car Lada Ellada

A total of 96 Lada Ellada cars were produced at a cost of about 960,000 rubles. But they were sold only to legal entities with a strict resale restriction.

Electric Lada Vesta EV

In 2016, AvtoVAZ moved all internalequipping "Hellas" in a more modern body. The new car was called Lada Vesta EV and, thanks to several improvements, it began to drive faster - the maximum speed reached 150 kilometers per hour. The cost of the electric car was estimated at 40,000 US dollars, which is equal to about 2.5 million rubles at the current exchange rate. The car seemed interesting, but did not go into mass production.

Electric Lada Vesta

Electric ZETTA City Module

Production of electric cars in Russiasmall companies also do. For example, the Russian company ZETTA has long been developing a small City Modul electric car. Despite the extreme compactness, up to four people can sit inside. The car is positioned as a means of transportation in large cities with long traffic jams. Because of this, engineers do not try to greatly increase the power reserve - for one day, 200 kilometers should be more than enough. However, there are rumors that longer-lived models with a power reserve of up to 560 kilometers will go on sale, which is enough for long-distance trips.

Electric vehicle ZETTA City Modul

At the end of 2020, the head of ZETTA had problemsdue to non-payment of salaries to employees, but this did not greatly hinder development. There are chances for serial production of City Modul, and the price will be only about 550 thousand rubles.

Electric "Monarch"

In 2019, news appeared on the Internet aboutRussian electric car Monarch, which can be charged in 3 minutes. It was reported that Rosnano and specialists from the universities of Kazan, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk are engaged in its development. Its main advantage was the use of a graphene-magnesium battery, which speeds up charging. It was also said that the car would be able to cover up to 400 kilometers on a single charge and would become a premium model worth $58,000, which is about 3.5 million rubles.

And here is the infamous "Monarch"!

At one time, we already doubted that the Monarch car would go on sale. There has been no news about him for a long time, so it is possible that we were right. You can read more about it here.

Electric car Izh UV-4

In 2019, the Kalashnikov Concern introducedelectric car Izh UV-4. It was equipped with only three wheels and was equipped with a 20 horsepower engine. The maximum speed was 40 kilometers per hour, and the cruising range reached 150 kilometers. This car is not for sale, because it was intended to patrol the center of Moscow during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Patrol electric car Izh UV-4


Electric Kama-1

At the end of 2020, the automotive companyKamAZ presented a small electric car "Kama-1". The length of the body was 3.4 meters, inside which there is an engine with a capacity of 109 horsepower. The maximum speed was 150 kilometers per hour, and the cruising range was 250 kilometers. When it goes on sale is unknown, but the cost was estimated at 1.2 million rubles. There are rumors that the car will be equipped with a virtual assistant and is most often used in car sharing and taxi services.

Electric car Kama-1

Electric Yo-mobile

The most famous electric car in Russia,most likely is the Yo-mobile released in 2010. The fact is that several million euros were allocated for the creation of this car - more than 200 people pre-ordered it. Depending on the body, from 2 to 5 people could fit inside, and the speed could be up to 130 kilometers per hour. Mass production of the Yo-mobile was planned to begin in 2015, and the price was supposed to be about 490 thousand rubles. But the project was closed, and only about 6 copies were created.

In fact, the electric Yo-mobile didn't look too bad.


As you can see, at the moment Russian carsnot available for sale. Of course, there are models that are about to appear, but when exactly is not clear. Let's say these cars are still in showrooms. Which one would you choose and why? Write in the comments or in our chat.