|Founded||April 12, 2010
as CITY CAR Limited
|Number of locations||Russia, Belarus|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||Crossover, hatchback, truck|
|Engine||Gasoline or natural gas hybrid|
The Yo-mobil (Russian: ё-мобиль; IPA: [jɵ mɐˈbʲilʲ]) is a planned hybrid electric car that was going to be produced by Yo-auto, a Russian company that is a joint venture between SKD truck maker Yarovit and the ONEXIM investment group.
On April 7, 2014 it was announced that the project was sold to Russian government for €1, because "...the sharp weakening of the auto market has made it impossible to go ahead with the project, and make a profit."
The car was introduced on 13 December 2010 in Moscow, a product of a joint venture between Yarovit, owner of a small assembly plant in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Onexim investment group, headed by Mikhail Prokhorov, who is the leader and financier of the project. Prokhorov planned to invest around €150 million (US$200 million) in a venture, dubbed Yo-auto. According to Prokhorov, he intended for the vehicle to "break the stereotype saying Russia can't produce good cars."
The car will be powered by an engine that can burn both gasoline and natural gas and is connected to a pair of electric motors. Unlike other hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius, the internal-combustion engine directly powers the motors rather than a battery. It was planned to install a rotary vane type engine, with the pistons moving in a circle, rather than linearly. However, the inventor of the engine Mikhail Virgiyanov in an open letter to the company refused to continue work on the engine and accused the company of copyright infringement.
Fuel economy of the car is expected to be around 67 mpg-US (3.5 L/100 km; 80 mpg-imp), with a range of 680 miles (1,090 km) and a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h). However, no tests were conducted due to the lack of working examples.
- Overly ambitious plans for a company that has never designed or produced vehicles of any kind (Yarovit company only did SKD assembly of trucks based on large Terberg components)
- Designing a vehicle around high-tech components most of which do not exist even as experimental machines
- Dangerously high center of gravity, making it susceptible to roll-over
- Archaic design, resembling go-carts by its body and mining equipment by the drivetrain
- Use of capacitors as power storage devices which have numerous disadvantages and may become dangerous in certain circumstances
- Dynamic driving properties declared earlier may not match practicals due to power leak caused by additional electric equipment (like lights, air conditioning etc.).
- No physical safety tests results were announced yet (June 2012).
Production and sales
Yo-auto initially planned to begin producing the car during the second half of 2012, and had aims to sell 10,000 during the first year of production. However, these plans were revised in 2012, with the estimated start of production now moved to early 2015. While it will be initially sold in Russia, Yo-auto plans to sell the vehicle in Europe subject to compliance with European Union regulations. The cars will be manufactured in a factory near St. Petersburg that will have an estimated annual capacity of 45,000 units. A second factory, to be opened later, is expected to double the annual production rate. However, these plans were also revised in 2013, with the estimated total annual production rate now targeted at 40,000 units. While it will be initially sold in Russia, Yo-auto plans to sell the vehicle in Europe subject to compliance with European Union regulations.
2011 concept car
On August 15, 2013 official website of ё-ENGINEERING has been started.
Transfer to the government
On 7 April 2014 ONEXIM announced transfer of all the Yo-Mobile technologies to the government-owned research institute NAMI (other languages) for a symbolical price of 1 euro. It also announced the intention to sell Yo-Mobile Saint-Petersburg plants. ONEXIM explained the decision by weakening of Russian rouble and declining of the auto-market in Russia.
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- www.yo-auto.com, Manufacturer's homepage
- www.yo-engineering.com, Engineering Department's homepage
- yo-motor presentation on YouTube
- Yo! for Yo: New hybrid car by Russian magnate in drive for eco future (Russia Today) on YouTube, (Yo! New eco-friendly car could re-energize Russia’s motor market)
- Putin test-drives Russian Yo-mobil hybrid car (Russia Today) on YouTube, (Putin takes Russian hybrid car for a test drive)
- Yo-mobil will take part in Dakar Rally on YouTube
- Onexim Group