Yo-Auto, the hybrid-vehicle maker launched in part by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, is pitching a crossover hybrid that can run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) and can get about 65 miles per gallon. The company, which is owned by Prokhorov's Onexim Group and Russia-based truckmaker Yarovit, is also investing in a second assembly line at its St. Petersburg plant to double production capacity, HybridCars.com reported, citing a press conference held by Prokhorov in Russia.

The crossover, pitched in a video from Yo-Auto and available after the jump, will be able to run on both gasoline and CNG, and will be able to go more than 400 miles on a full tank. Always running in all-wheel-drive mode, the CUV will be able to go from 0 to 100 kilometers/hour (62 mph) in about 10 seconds, and will be able to serve double duty as an electric power source for other functions, according to the video.

The video didn't disclose a price or release date for the vehicle, whose body will be made out of composite material for weight-saving purposes.

Prokhorov, owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets, has estimated that Yo-Auto's first car, a hybrid compact, will start sales by the end of 2012. Onexim and Yarovit had already been reported to be investing $200 million in the St. Petersburg factory and will be pricing the first hybrids at between $10,000 and $15,000. The second assembly line will reportedly double annual capacity to 90,000 vehicles.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      greate.
      Alterego
      • 2 Years Ago
      The way I read the article, the crossover described in not the vehicle that is expected to sell for 10-15k. That cheaper vehicle will be a hybrid compact, not the 4wd crossover.
      • 2 Years Ago
      perfect i want see in my country
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's easy to laugh at the unfortunately named Yo-mobile, with it's knock-off SUV looks, odd paint work, all things to all people technology, and video commentary by a Sasha Cohen imitator! But in it's native Russia, in would appear to be a practical vehicle. The modular concept of power units could be easily serviced, and the vehicle has some attractive features and design virtues. If this vehicle was to be built in a more orderly society, than chaotic Russia, I would have more confidence of it's potential.. However, a quick costing on the Yo-mobile shows that a $10,000 to $15,000 retail price could not sustain quality production of a vehicle with this sort of complicated technology. (certainly not an export version). I don't doubt the hopes of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, to produce a viable product. He has survived in the chaotic world of post-soviet Russia politics, and has proved himself a cunning and astute oppourtunist. But, automotive production will test his ability to take an old truck factory, and out produce the most experienced manufacturers in the world. Despite being given a free factory, without massive government subsidies, such pricing is not really possible. But it will be interesting to follow the Yo-mobiles progress.
      • 1 Year Ago
      from my own research as well as from the comments of people who already done the testdrive, this yo-mobile is really a great car and not all criticism to this vehicle are true either and much better than the MYT, but the only problem is it lacks power at low rpm or should i say it takes 10 seconds to reach 62 mph. But overall its still a great car for being so lightweight ,fuel-efficient, and has a lot of horsepower and good for picnic since it charges itself(hybrid-engine).
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not the car for everyone, but perhaps in cold, snowy parts of Russia where 4wd is necessary and where a built in genset can compensate for a weaker electric grid (or simply for a contractor who needs onsite power) this could be a perfect vehicle. And the heat generated by the genset will be appreciated for defrost and interior heat. Unfortunately, the price and mpg goals appear difficult to achieve unless this vehicle is miniscule.
      Vlad
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish this project all the best, but so far there's nothing to see except rendered models. There's no working prototype. No engine, which was supposed to be of a revolutionary piston-less type. No indication that supercapacitors can really replace batteries. Nissan had shown Leaf a full year before it went on sale, and had working prototypes long before that. But with ё-mobil it's all plans and promises.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      $10K - $15K? Will be nice if they can do it... On a different note - a story about CNG, and Fuel Cells - Gorr and Carney - both standing on the peak of a mountain - wind blowing in their hair at 200mph...a steely eyed look, as they gaze into the distance, confident in their triumph....
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im interrested to buy but after some new customer got this car for over 2 years without mecanical problems, then i might consider a used one in canada at half the price and no more then 30 000 miles on the odometer. Some other blogger said that he don't like having 2 different fuel tanks in the car or truck because it take too much space. This blogger will not then buy this yo-truck and will not get bargain price on the price of fuel. If someone get a better price on natural gas then gasoline then having a tank for both can be a good thing because sometime there is no natural gas for sale at some stations, so it takes the 2 tanks. This suv seem nicely engineered with a small 2 cylinder gasoline/natural gas ice engine and small high voltage capacitors in a lightweight body. I hope it hit the market soon.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a good car, very good for cases of blackout of energy and for camping also. The prototypes I have been working on video produce a somehow strange noise, which I think is too high. This is no difficult to improve and must be done. Hope it arrives to Chile soon. I think it will mark a new era of cars in the world. One of the advantages over other hybrids is that it can use the same existent network of gas stations.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      well it's not green at all since it's a purely fossil fuel burner but it's cheap if they can do it for that price. they should drop one of the motors and the ICE generator and put batteries in instead, for the west at least
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice CGI skills
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