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  • parallax_ca
    and where is Malcolm in all this??? regardless it is another yugo day!! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/main.jhtml?xml=/motoring/2002/08/1 6/emny
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      and where is Malcolm in all this???
      regardless it is another yugo day!!

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/main.jhtml?xml=/motoring/2002/08/1
      6/emny
      ug17.xml&sSheet=/motoring/2002/08/19/ixmot.html


      Yugo all charged up for electrical rebirth
      (Filed: 17/08/2002)


      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
      destroyed by
      Nato bombing in 1999 as the Yugo Electra, using technology developed
      by the
      great Serb scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla. The Electra should
      enter
      production at the start of next year after more than 24 months of
      testing
      and development.

      Manufacturers and developers in four different parts of the country
      have
      come together to resurrect the famous Yugoslav brand, with technical
      and
      development assistance from the Electro-Technical University in
      Belgrade.

      The peak of the car's popularity came in the 1980s, but in 1999 the
      major
      production factory, Kragujevac, was largely destroyed during the Nato
      campaign. Parts for the car, which looks exactly the same as the last
      of the
      petrol-engined Yugos, are being supplied from three different
      locations
      because the factory has still not been rebuilt.

      "This is an amazing car. We want to export it just the same way we
      exported
      the skills of Nikola Tesla to the USA," said Jovan Radakovic,
      director of
      the Sever company, which is working on developing the vehicle.

      Croatian-born Tesla, who died in the US in 1943, patented more than
      700
      inventions and ideas, including a telephone repeater, an induction
      motor, AC
      power transmission, wireless communication, radio and fluorescent
      lights.
      His work will form the mainstay of the new car.

      Powered by a 140-volt battery that can drive 50 miles on one
      charging, the
      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
      friendly
      automobile to appeal to what its backers see as a more ecologically
      aware
      21st-century car-buying public."

      Designed almost exclusively for use in cities, the car has a top
      speed of
      56mph. The electricity needed to power the car would cost 8p per 62
      miles.

      • Contrary to popular belief, parts for Yugo cars are readily
      available in
      the UK. For all Yugo needs, contact Yugo Cars Ltd on 01202
      822154/896290
      (www.yugo.co.uk).

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