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Belarus to branch out into own electric cars, sees Tesla as role model

The production of an electric car should be the next step in Belarusian machine-building industry. On August 31, the Belarus head of state put such a task before scientists and the Industry Ministry.

Last week, Belarusian developers demonstrated a prototype of the Belarusian electric car. The President noted that he had personally tested it. But this is only the beginning of the road.

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Yekaterina Zhilyanina, CTV:
Currently there are about three million cars in Belarus, the share of electric vehicles is still too low. In Europe, Norway is the leader in this regard: it is believed that every third car bought there is an electric one. In order for Belarusians not to lag behind the speed of the world pace, the developers created their prototype.

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On the basis of this model, a Belarusian electric car will be created. To encourage Belarusians to move to electric vehicles, one needs to create infrastructure: from services to gas stations and make the development affordable. Therefore, it has been proposed to move in three directions: to create a car of economy class, then models of the middle price segment, and, finally, a premium segment. Estimated cost in US dollars is 10-14 thousand for economy class, about 20 thousand for middle segment and higher.

Alexander Belevich, director of the scientific and engineering center of the United Institute of Mechanical Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus:
Our task, all the same, the first task is to localize the production of components for the Geely electric vehicle. Next stage is to create top versions of electric vehicles close to Tesla.

On August 31, the President spoke about the Belarusian future of electric cars. It is understandable: it is not only the world trend and ecology, but also economy. For the country where NPP is being built, where there will be enough electricity, this is a strategic step. Alexander Lukashenko admits: he tested Tesla and compared it with other vehicles. He showed the developers what to focus on and what to strive for.

Sergei Poddubko, Director General of the State Scientific Institution "United Engineering Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus":
This is an elementary benefit. First, the cost of the trip is 2-3 times cheaper than on gasoline. The electric cars practically do not need maintenance: there are no internal combustion engines, no oil change. Thirdly, their mass. The mass of the electric vehicle is several times lower. Ecology... You know that electric transport emits almost no harmful substances. Do not forget about the efficiency: the efficiency of the electric motor reaches 90%.

Vitaly Vovk, Minister of Industry of the Republic of Belarus:
Belarus does have the electric drive and has had it for a long time - these are Belkommunmash trolleybuses, electric buses, BelAZ trucks, these are hybrids. Therefore, the topic is large, and the task is to take it seriously, very seriously. Comprehensively.

Tesla gains 100 kph in 2.5 seconds. The record of running without recharging is 900 kilometers (and the maximum charging speed of modern electric vehicles is only about 20 minutes). Of course, the Belarusian prototype has much more modest indicators. It can run up to 150km and accelerates to just over 100. Work on performance improvements is underway. But Belarus does have its own exclusive technologies.

Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences:
The supercapacitor will be our solution. The construction and the scientific idea will be different. There are also solutions regarding the body, chassis, switching, accumulation and so one. These will be unique.

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