Ferghana Valley Eyes Electromobiles
The Chinese company Changan Automobile Group intends to organize the production of electric vehicles in the Ferghana Valley.
Talks were held recently in the Ministry of Innovative Development of Uzbekistan. Representatives of the Chinese company expressed their intention to consider the possibility of building an assembly line for electric vehicles with prospects of localization.
In turn, Deputy Minister of Innovation Development Atabek Nazirov expressed his readiness to contribute in every way possible to the promotion of this project, provide support and practical assistance in the dialogue with corresponding agencies and government institutions of Uzbekistan. The parties agreed on signing a memorandum of cooperation in the near future.
At the second phase, localization of production will be organized with attraction of capacities of the adjacent enterprises of the country, an increase in on-site and off-site jobs. In Uzbekistan, the company intends to focus on the production of modern cars with a hybrid engine or fully electric power unit.
Worth reminding that earlier, Uzavtosanoat announced plans regarding manufacture of electromobiles. A special concept for the production of this type of car is currently being developed. The document will be ready within two months. In addition, the company’s management is negotiating with potential partners – manufacturers of electric vehicles. This process is anticipated to be completed within six months.
This mid-summer, two samples of electric vehicles - Chevrolet Volt American company GM and a car of the Chinese manufacturer JAC will be brought to Uzbekistan for tests in the country. They plan to arrange a run across Uzbekistan, starting from the Andijan region and ending with Karakalpakstan.
In case of successful start of the project, at the first stage it is planned preliminarily to invest about $ 15-20 million, create 100-150 jobs, implement large assembly line of more than a thousand electric analogues of Spark and Nexia a year.