The first Russian electric car "Kama-1": 6.7 seconds to a hundred and an autopilot of the 3rd level
December 10, 2020
The public premiere of the pre-production prototype of the Kama-1 electric car took place within the framework of the VuzPromExpo exhibition, and was presented by the Minister of Science Valery Falkov. The small electric crossover is already ready for mass production and may enter the market in 2021.
The electric car was developed by the competence center of the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, but the technological partner of the development group, KamAZ, also participated in its premiere. It took about two years to create "Kama-1".
The four-seater electric car is positioned as a compact crossover. In terms of its overall dimensions, the Kama-1 occupies an intermediate position between the Smart ForTwo and the MINI hatchback: the length is 3.4 m, the width is 1.7 m, the height is 1.6 m. The wheelbase is 2.1 m.
The front of the car has a MacPherson strut, in the back there is a multi-link suspension. The drive is only for the rear axle. Despite the fact that the novelty is considered a crossover, the officially declared ground clearance of the electric vehicle is 160 millimeters.
The Kama-1 electric motor develops 80 kW. With it, the 1,300-kilogram three-door can accelerate to 60 km / h in 3.2 seconds (up to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds) at a top speed of 150 km / h. The promised power reserve is within the range of 250 to 300 kilometers, depending on the driving mode, and is provided by a 33-kilowatt battery. It will take 6 hours to recharge it from a household outlet, but there is also a function of accelerated energy replenishment in 20 minutes.
The list of equipment of the demo unit includes fully LED optics, animated direction indicators, 17-inch wheels, an air conditioner and a single 9-inch monitor, which simultaneously serves as a dashboard and a control panel for both the media system and additional functions. In addition, the electric vehicle was equipped with a level 3 semi-autonomous control system. For example, Honda is just planning to start installing a similar "autopilot" on its production cars.
Valery Falkov said that the serial production of "Kama-1" could begin as early as next year - most likely, at the facilities of KamAZ. At the same time, according to the agency "RIA Novosti", the price of an electric car has risen recently. Earlier, the estimated cost of "Kama" was called a million rubles - this is how much an electric car could cost to the end buyer, subject to mass assembly. The figure announced at the presentation is already 1.2 million rubles.
The timing of the start of the assembly has not yet been announced: the electric car has yet to go through the last stage of testing.
It is possible that in 2021 another national electric car, the Zetta hatchback, will appear on the Russian market, the project of which has been suspended for financial reasons.