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Ural goes electric | Manufacture News | News

 Russian sidecar manufacturer Ural has developed an electric prototype with the help of Californian firm ICG and engineering support from electric specialists Zero Motorcycles.

The powertrain, including the batteries, motor and electronic controls, comes straight from Zero, so it’s all proven. The chassis is based on Ural’s one-wheel-drive $21,780 CT model, and the styling remains resolutely classic.

With direct drive from motor to the shaft-driven rear wheel and maximum torque at zero rpm, the brisk acceleration is said to be most un-Ural-like. Currently at the proof-of-concept stage, Ural says it would take two years to go into production and any would-be owners can register their interest at www.imz-ural.com.au/electric/

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