- and where is Malcolm in all this???
regardless it is another yugo day!!
Yugo all charged up for electrical rebirth
With help from the Croat "godfather of electricity", Yugoslavia's most
famous car - the Yugo - is to be reborn as an environmentally friendly
electric vehicle, writes Michael Leidig.
The marque is about to rise from the ashes of production almost
Nato bombing in 1999 as the Yugo Electra, using technology developed
great Serb scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla. The Electra should
production at the start of next year after more than 24 months of
Manufacturers and developers in four different parts of the country
come together to resurrect the famous Yugoslav brand, with technical
development assistance from the Electro-Technical University in
The peak of the car's popularity came in the 1980s, but in 1999 the
production factory, Kragujevac, was largely destroyed during the Nato
campaign. Parts for the car, which looks exactly the same as the last
petrol-engined Yugos, are being supplied from three different
because the factory has still not been rebuilt.
"This is an amazing car. We want to export it just the same way we
the skills of Nikola Tesla to the USA," said Jovan Radakovic,
the Sever company, which is working on developing the vehicle.
Croatian-born Tesla, who died in the US in 1943, patented more than
inventions and ideas, including a telephone repeater, an induction
power transmission, wireless communication, radio and fluorescent
His work will form the mainstay of the new car.
Powered by a 140-volt battery that can drive 50 miles on one
car uses the non-synchronic engine devised by Tesla. Previously, such
engines were used only in trams.
"The more you use the brakes, the longer you can drive. When using the
brakes, the engine becomes a generator and fills the battery," said
Radakovic. "The Electra will be marketed as an environmentally
automobile to appeal to what its backers see as a more ecologically
21st-century car-buying public."
Designed almost exclusively for use in cities, the car has a top
56mph. The electricity needed to power the car would cost 8p per 62
Contrary to popular belief, parts for Yugo cars are readily
the UK. For all Yugo needs, contact Yugo Cars Ltd on 01202
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