The Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Nissan LEAF, the Lada Vesta EV...these are all future electric vehicles. Combined they will sell over a million copies before the end of this decade...some more than others.
Original El Lada EV circa 2012 (with friend)
Catching our senses off guard last week was the surprise prototype debut of the Lada Vesta EV at the U235 festival near St. Petersburg.
The ActoVAZ electric vehicle offers everything one could ask for - if it was 2006...and there was no other options available.
The turn of the millenium inspired design and decade old tech takes us back to a simpler time. A time before any mass produced EV was a reality, a time when we told ourselves, "hrm, maybe it wouldn't be so bad driving a Japanese-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV".
Here are the specs for the Lada Vesta EV:
*- 60 kW (82 hp) motor *- 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 15.5 seconds *- top speed: 84 mph/140 km/h *- 25 kWh battery - reportedly good for 150 km/93 km on an undetermined scaleAvtoVAZ says the approximate price is 2.62 million rubles, or about $40,000 USD/36,000 Euros.
— 4tochki.ru магазин (@4tochki) July 26, 2016
If this vehicle looks familiar to you (and why would it not?), it is basically an updated EL Lada EV that we first saw in a limited prototype run 4 or 5 years ago...we suppose the company figured, "why mess with perfection?"
The Russian automaker is so confident in the future success of the Vesta EV that they will only produce the plug-in vehicle provided someone comes forward and makes a "full prepayment" for a production run.
66.Ru, hat tip to Vadim K!