• Jan 5th 2011 at 8:03AM
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Russia's first domestically built ë-mobile (pronounced yo-mobile) – the natural gas hybrid minicar dreamed up by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov – has been wheeled out for viewing by the general public in Moscow. Until January 11th, visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of three variations of the hybrid yo-mobile, which will be on display at a pavilion near Tverskoy Boulevard.

In actuality, the pavilion has been open for two weeks, but, as Yo-Autos' technical director, Alexander Sinkevich, explains, it "was only open for specialists from various industry branches." The trio of vehicles on display include a Yo-microvan, a Yo-cross coupe (pictured) and a Yo-mini truck. Sinkevich noted that, "the vehicles are environmentally friendly, energy-saving autos for daily operation in the city, powered by both petrol and liquefied gas".

Each of the yo-mobiles feature similar specs, which include: a curb weight of 1,543 pounds, a max speed of 75 miles per hour, a cruising range 249 miles and an expected fuel economy rating of 67 miles per gallon. Base price for the yo-mobiles is targeted at $10,000 and production is set to get underway in late 2011 or early 2012.

[Source: Itar Tass]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing would actually look really nice if it didn't have that awful two tone color scheme.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's green but it's not green. nooot even a little.
      nicely moderate weight but should be lower still, much more aerodynamic and should absolutely be battery powered first
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing could become the AK-47 of green transportation: Russian-designed, low cost, easy to manufacture, easy o maintain and cheap to operate.

      The Russians are the leaders in doing more with less. Hopefully, the government will get behind this and help make it a success.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've send tip on this news couple months ago that was ignored, With gallery of pictures for all 3 cars
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's the way the Russians do it, and it looks like a good move.
      • 4 Years Ago
      CNG (natural gas) and LPG (liquefied gas) are not the same thing.
      The article omits the fact, that the engine will be a rotor one, and that the car will use capacitors instead of batteries.
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