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PHOTO CAPTION: Lada Kalina similar to that used as platform for Ellada development vehicle.

The Little-Known Lada Electric Car

While a lot of attention has been focused on the Yo-Mobile hybrid, Lada has been quietly turning out electric cars for more than a year now.

Published: 26-Dec-2013

In 2011, the Russian Federation territorial government of Stavropol ordered AvtoVAZ, which assembles the Lada brand of cars, to develop a pilot electric car program. The result of that effort is the Ellada (Electric Lada) electric car prototype. Aimed to be priced one-third less than Mitsubishi's i-MiEV at 1.2 million rubles ($36,739 USD), the car reportedly has a range up to 90+ miles on a single charge. Top speed is 87 mph.

Conventional Ladas enjoy an export market, so it is possible that AvtoVAZ may be contemplating offering in those markets as well. Since the introduction of the project in 2012, it's status doesn't appear to be largely known outside of Russia. For example, virtually all Youtube videos available on the Internet are in Russian. Apparently, the first five cars were shipped nearly a year ago based on the date of the video below.

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