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5 Jan 2018

Plans to trial Belarusian electric car in Botanical Garden in Minsk

MINSK, 5 January (BelTA) – Belarusian electric car prototypes will be deployed for trials in the Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), BelTA learned from Oleg Yelovoi, Deputy Director General for Science and Innovations of the Joint Mechanical Engineering Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

Oleg Yelovoi said: “One of the electric cars we are working on will be designed to transport passengers and garden tools in parks, gardens, sanatorium zones, wildlife reserves, and national parks. Those territories are not public places where traffic lights are installed. Electric cars will be able to go along predetermined routes over there, this is why we intend to test unmanned driving systems on them, too. Prototypes of such electric cars will be deployed in the botanical garden and the technical solutions will be tested over there.”

Plans have been made to begin small-scale production of budget electric cars at premises of the Joint Mechanical Engineering Institute. “Later on these cars may be used as electric taxis or for delivering various goods,” noted the official.

The production of the second variant of the Belarusian electric car at premises of the Belarusian-Chinese car venture BelGee is under consideration. “If we get a go-ahead, we will be ready to master the production of electric cars and their components within a short time,” added Oleg Yelovoi.

A Belarusian electric car prototype was revealed before the general public for the first time in August 2017. A development prototype is supposed to be ready by autumn 2018.

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