The scientists from Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University named after Alekseev developed the models of wheeled and fully-tracked all-terrain vehicles with a hybrid power plant for the delivery of goods in the Arctic and Antarctica, Yakutia 24 TV channel reports with the reference to TASS.
“The features of the machines are the use of a hybrid power plant – this is the synthesis of an internal combustion engine, that can be found on the most of cars, with a traction electric drive that is used in electric vehicles,” the words of the project manager Alexander Blokhin are quoted.
He noted that the hybrid power plant increased the efficiency of the machine at low temperatures.
“A traction electric drive has hardly been used in the arctic conditions, although it works better than an internal combustion engine at low temperatures,” he added.
It is reported that all-terrain vehicles are designed to carry goods weighing two to three tons. According to Blokhin, now in the Arctic conditions, they use machines that either carry goods up to one ton, or massive Ural and Kamaz trucks, designed to transport five to seven tons of cargo.
The equipment has been tested in Chukotka and Yakutia, serial production of machines, based on the commercial enterprise, will begin in 2020. “Next year we plan to produce 50 cars, and reach the level of 100 cars per year in the coming years. We’ve already got pre-orders, which allows us to reach such production volumes,” said the project manager.