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What is electric car?

Recently, electric vehicles are becoming more popular, especially among people who care about the environmental situation. Electric car is a car that is not driven by an internal combustion engine, but one or more electric motors, powered by batteries or fuel cells. There are a lot of invented electric models at the moment, all of them are different. They differ from each other by the number of seats, exterior design, size, the amount of time spent on a battery charge and distance run. Electric cars produce no emissions and noise, they are easy to use and very economical in maintenance. Electric vehicles are currently manufactured to be reliable and durable, even simply due to the fact that, unlike gasoline cars, they are not composed of such a large number of components capable to break.

History of electric cars

In the understanding of modern man electric car is a car of the future, so we can see that all the "self-respect" automotive corporations seek to develop and produce several models of electric vehicles, which in the future will completely replace gasoline counterparts. But, oddly enough, the idea of electric vehicles dates back to the 19th century. Moreover, there is evidence that electric car was created even before the car with a combustion engine. Surprised? The first electric car was created in 1841! It was just a truck with an electric motor. But this kind of transport was not received because of the short-time battery charging, so there appeared gasoline cars, the owners of which are most of us. But electric cars did not disappear; they were used as a local means of transportation on facilities, parks and golf clubs. It was only in 1960, when mankind began to think seriously about the environmental situation on the planet, as well as due to the energy crisis, scientists have resumed development of electric cars as a worthy replacement for vehicles with internal combustion engines. And it is at the present time, when there were great opportunities in the field of energy storage, more humanity thinks about the constant use of electric vehicles (including intercity transport), electric scooters, electric bicycles and other types of electric vehicles.

Advantages and disadvantages of electric vehicles

Perhaps the most important advantage of electric vehicles is the complete absence of exhaust gases that could cause great harm to the environment and its inhabitants. That is why electric cars are considered to be ecological type of vehicles. Operation of electric car is very cheap, since electricity is much cheaper than fuel, and also because of the absence of an internal combustion engine, so there is almost nothing to break in this car. Thus a fairly long life without constant and costly maintenance is guaranteed. Motor efficiency is nearly 2-3 times higher than gasoline analogs. Electric cars are the safest means of transport, because they have a very low risk of explosion in the road accident. Electric cars can be charged from a conventional wall outlet and can make a way in 150 km (and some electric cars even more) without recharging. But, like everything else in the world, electric cars also have their drawbacks. Electric vehicles have a very high price because expensive metals are used in the production of its main elements of the battery. In addition, charge of these batteries takes a very long time (up to 8 hours), giving the priority to gasoline vehicles, refueling of which lasts no more than five minutes. With the introduction of electric vehicles into the mass use some serious problems with the disposal of batteries may appear, because they consist of harmful ingredients and acids, as well as there will be problems with the supply of electricity and overloading of electrical networks with a constant mass load for charging electric vehicles.

Modern electric cars

Nowadays, many automotive corporations engaged in the production of its own models of electric vehicles, special attention is paid to the creation of advanced battery technology for charging which will require a small amount of time. Modern electric cars can gather speed to 515 km / h (Venturi Jamais Contente) and pass 1,003 km without recharging (Daihatsu Mira electric). This means that the cars of the future still have potential for development. World concerns record a large number of patents for the production of electric vehicles including such well-known corporations, such as Toyota, Nissan, and Honda. Not far behind is Tesla Motors, which finally gave birth to a new electric model Model S sedan. Ford plant also began production of the Focus Electric. Famous company General Motors sold its first Chervrolet Volt - plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle with extended range. Renault has also launched the production of a variety of electric vehicles to suit every taste: the compact Twizy and Zoe, stylish sedan Fluence and commercial Kangoo Express van. For several years, China has successfully produced Chery electric cars. A compact Mitsubishi i MiEV is produced since last year in Japan. There are reports that in 2-3 years BMW, Mercedes, Smart, Volvo and, of course, Volkswagen will join the list of electric models. As you can see, the electric becomes a mass phenomenon, and if, thanks to the latest technology electric cars will become cheaper, then this part of comfortable and eco-friendly near future will touch you.




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20.10.2014Bravo eGo is back from Open innovation - 2014

Bravo Motors Team is back from the annual forum "Open Innovation" in Moscow (October 14-16), where a slightly modified version of the current trike (blue) was presented. More information about the forum, the new status of the project and much more is available here:

22.07.2014Bravo eGo got "Prize of the spectator sympathies" medal at Innoprom-2014 international exhibition

The second version of our transforming electric car Bravo eGo was presented at the Innoprom 2014 international exhibition and, by results of visitors voting, our electric car won "Prize of Spectator Sympathies" medal and diploma.

29.01.2014Bravo Сolibri 8 golfcar took part in Geek Picnic

Our Bravo Colibri 8 golfcar showed its features and carried prospects during the European's largest anuual festival of science, modern tech and arts - Geek Picnic

17.09.2013eTrike took part in Selias-2013 International Forum

All participants of Selias-2013 forum could take photo and sit inside our eTrike. Some of them could even test-drive it. Additionally, our engineers showed some figures of higher aerobatics, racing up and down stairs of Azimut hotel.

18.08.2013"Smart" makes eTrike even smarter

Moscow engeneers from SMART engeneering center took active part in pre-series development of eTrike. "Smart" has already provided his expertise on our technologies and will soon help in preparing electric vehicle for road safety certification tests.

16.08.2013Governor Alexander Zhilkin took test drive of eTrike and became one of the first customers

Governor of Astrakhan region Alexander Zhilkin took test drive of our transforming electric car and decided to purchase one of the first series models for himself. Read what Alexander Zhilkin told of eTrike

12.08.2013Partnership established with RoboCV

Bravo Motors company signed an agreement with RoboCV company to partner and provide auto pilot and driver assist systems being developed by RoboCV to the owners of our electric vehicles.

18.07.2013NTV reportage about eTrike

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25.06.2013eTrike starred in Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum

eTrike prototype was presented on 20-22 of June in ХVII Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum and attracted a lot of attention of guestd and participants of Forum as well as press and TV. During three days more than 300 visitors took photo of themselves near and inside our electric car. We were interviewed by more than 20 TV channels and newspapers. Rossiyskaya Gazeta even made photo of our eTrike to be the title of the article about the whole Forum.

11.06.2013eTrike project won second place in EcoSummit Berlin

Projects from Germany, France, USA, Japan, Netherlands, Russia and other countries took part in "green" thecnologies competition.Read more on EcoSummit web site

28.05.2013Our eTrike project took first place in Skolkovo Startup Village!

eTrike project won in Skolkovo Startup Village and took first place among more than 2000 projects submitted to competition and 200 projects participated in pitch session in Skolkovo. Forbes named our project the best Russian startup.

03.05.2013Our eTrike on the Russia 2 TV channel

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29.04.2013Report about our eTrike on Russia 24

Russia 24 TV Channel showed a story about our company and publicly demonstrated our new project - eTrike for the first time. Watch on


We publicly presented the prototype of eTrike for the first time on "Days of Innovation" held in Astrakhan and according to the results of the contest were awarded a diploma "Investment attractive innovative project." e-Trike project on VC Day Ingria

Our e-Trike project was ranked third among 80 participants and the 20 finalists in the invest-session VC Day Ingria, and wrote about it.

21.10.2012Russia 24 TV Channel about "Bravo Motors"

Russia 24 TV Channel showed 10-minute report about our company. Watch the report online.


An article about "Bravo Motors", our products and technologies was published in the "Expert" magazine. Go to the article "Electric Vehicle leaves Astrakhan"

29.03.2012Speech at the Business Forum

Konstantin Artemiev, General Director of Bravo Motors, addressed the business forum "The new automobile in Russia", held on 29th of March in Moscow, Holiday Inn Lesnaya. Participants of the forum were shown the Bravo Motors technology, the existing model series and also our vision for the future of electric cars and hybrids in Russia. In addition, Konstantin Artemiev slightly lifted the veil on our new project of personal vehicles in the modern city.

24.01.2012Gift to doctors

Bravo Motors released a range of medical and health Bravo Medic electric car specifically for the needs of hospitals and health institutions.

10.01.2012New models for the new year!

Bravo Motors has launched a new series of light pleasure electric golf cars - Bravo Colibri.

27.12.2011Report about Bravo Motors on Russia-2

The report about the Bravo Motors was shown in the news section of the federal Russia-2 TV channel.

19.12.2011The governor personally commended on the new model of our electric car

Alexander Zhilkin, Governor of Astrakhan Region, personally drove a new model of Bravo Prestige 4 +2 and appreciated the high level of comfort and smoothness of Bravo Motors electric production.


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