An all electric Lada? Times are a changin'

An Electric Lada Is Not So Surprising

You’d think the tough, rugged Lada image we have would continue its happy life with rather inefficient gasoline engine but a project aiming to electrify some Ladas is not that surprising.

After Renault delivering two all-electric Kangoo to the service of Pope Benedict XVI and his security service, the company is also working with another subsidiary, Lada. See our: The Pope Gets An Electric Mobile where we talk about Carlos Ghosn officially giving the two EVs to the Pope. Now together with its strategic alliance sister company Nissan, the company will help the Russian company Lada to produce its first ever-electric vehicle to market.

Lada’s New Face. Of course, most of us remember Lada cars as sturdy, no thrills, tough little eastern block cars destined to move the mass cheaply with little amenities if any. So it might come as a surprise to see that not only is Lada still alive, but also trying to revamp its image. The company recently announced it would create its first all-electric car concept, which will be presented at the 2012 Moscow Auto Show. Backed by Renault and Nissan, which own 50 percent stake in the company, the car won’t reinvent the wheel but will based its initial design on the already existent Kalina model.

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