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Russian Yo Hybrid Car Pre-Ordered By 100,000 Customers

If we were to believe Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire businessman, the Yo natural-gas hybrid turns out to be a very popular car as the company has received orders stretching out as far as 10 years into the future. He told Russia Today, a satellite TV channel, that the company has received more than 100,000 orders.

Back in October 2010, Prokhorov, who is also the owner of the popular New York Nets basketball team, revealed that he was founding the firm by investing $200 million in order to create and manufacture a Russian-designed vehicle in mother Russia. Two months later, in December, more details about the car surfaced the Internet, revealing a hybrid configuration that features a rotary-vane engine that powers a generator that flows current to a pair of small-sized electric traction motors.

During high power demand, the extra current available is then fed from a bank of capacitors that are capable of discharging at high voltage. The curb weight of the Yo subcompact is expected to be around the 1,500 pounds mark and the 0-62 mph sprint time is done between 8 and 14 seconds while top speed is somewhere around 75 mph.

As far as the gas mileage is concerned, the Russia hybrid is expected to return more than 60 mpg when running on gasoline. In addition, it will also be capable of running on LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). The range of the car (on both fuel systems) is estimated to be somewhere around 680 miles.

The founder of the company plans on putting the car on sale sometime in July-December 2012 with a price tag of $12,000 – $15,000 (350,000 – 450,000 rubles). The estimated annual production for the Yo will be around 45,000 units during the first year and if everything goes according to the plan, an expansion of the plant is being considered in the near vicinity of St. Petersburg which will double the production figures.

Source: GreenCarReports


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