The first Russian hybrid car maker Yo-Auto, a joint venture between truck manufacturer Yarovit and Onexim Group of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, has collected more than 50,000 pre-orders for its Yo-mobile hybrid cars in less than 24 hours after beginning to take pre-orders.
Yo-auto reveals that the cost of Yo-mobile (ё-мобиль) will range from 360,000 Roubles (ca. $13,000) for gasoline, 4X2 wheel model to 450,000 Roubles (ca. $16,000) for natural gas (methane)/gasoline, 4×4 wheel model. The Yo-mobile can also be turned into 30kW electric power generation station.
Yo-mobile will be initially offered in three models: yo-crossover, yo-minivan and yo-van.
The ë-mobile hybrid cars are expected to hit the market in the second half of 2012. The car manufaturing plant will be built near St. Petersburg, Russia.