When OTTS for the new Moskvichs appeared in the Rosstandart database, many were surprised. Not only that the document was issued for some reason in Belarus and for some reason for one year instead of three, but also the declared power of the electric version, which was only 50 kW (68 hp).
For comparison, the Chinese JAC Sehol E40X, a copy of which is the Moskvich battery, is equipped with an electric motor of 110 kW (150 hp) and 340 Nm. What was the catch?
It turned out that the OTTS indicated the maximum power that an electric motor can produce for 30 minutes. But the peak power of the Moskvich turned out to be even higher than that of the Chinese counterpart.
According to Autoreview, it is 142 kW (193 hp), although the torque has not changed (340 Nm). Moreover, if the Sehol E40X is equipped with lithium-iron-phosphate traction batteries with a capacity of 55 kWh, then the Moskvich has a more modern 65.5 kWh lithium-ion battery installed under the floor.
The declared power reserve (410 km according to the outdated NEDC cycle), however, has not changed, but it is reasonable to expect more autonomy from the crossover than that of its closest competitor, the Lipetsk Evolute i-Joy.
Indeed, in Evolute they went the opposite way: if 130 kW and 225 Nm were indicated in the OTTS, then in commercial vehicles the electric motor produces only 120 kW (163 hp) and 195 Nm. The traction battery of the i-Jet has a capacity of only 53 kWh (the declared power reserve is 407 km), so here the Moskvich wins the dispute in absentia. The only trump card of the Lipetsk model is a slightly more spacious trunk (535 liters versus 520 liters for the Moskvich).
The “Ze” has other differences from the petrol “troika”, the main of which are the “washer” for selecting transmission modes on the central tunnel instead of the fixed lever and the ground clearance reduced from 170 to 150 mm. The curb weight of an electric car is much higher: 1800 kg versus 1440 kg for a gasoline car.
For both Russian-Chinese electric crossovers they are asking for 3.5 million rubles (in fairness, i-Joy is 10 thousand rubles cheaper). However, the program of state support for demand for localized electric vehicles from 2023 is no longer so attractive: the discount for buying on credit has decreased from 35% (but not more than 925 thousand rubles) to 25% (but not more than 625 thousand rubles). Thus, the electric Moskvich, taking into account the state program, will cost 2,850,000 rubles, and the i-Joy – 2,840,000 rubles.