Within the framework of the VII annual national exhibition VUZPROMEXPO-2020 in Moscow, a presentation of an electric car developed by KAMAZ truck manufacturer jointly with Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University was held.
The project was launched in December 2018. A digital twin was created and an experimental sample of a small-sized urban electric car was manufactured within just two years. This is a unique result of comprehensive cooperation between KAMAZ and SPbPU.
“KAMAZ is the largest Russian industrial site where modern technologies and advanced technical ideas are in demand. When working on unique transport models, we rely not only on the high engineering potential of the company, but also attract the best specialists in the country. Our cooperation with the Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University can be confidently called one of the successful examples of interaction between science and real production,” Sergei Kogogin, KAMAZ General Director, said.
The ADAS level 3 intelligent driver assistance system electric car, which has been given the working name KAMA-1, is a three-door four-seat compact smart crossover developed in accordance with current trends in the mobility and transport market. The crossover is 3.4 m long, 1.7 m wide, 1.6 m high with ground clearance of 160 mm. The electric car is equipped with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 33 kWh and an 80 kW electric motor, which allows to reach speeds of up to 150 km/h and travel up to 250 km without recharging. The speed of full battery charge in normal mode is 6 hours, in accelerated mode-20 minutes. Acceleration to 100 km/h is within 6.7 seconds.
The nine-inch screen of the main information, multimedia and control system is located motionless on the steering column. All vehicle systems are controlled via this screen: activation and management of ADAS level 3 functions, climate control, multimedia functions, and vehicle diagnostic modes are performed.
The electric car is developed on the basis of «digital twins» technology which allows to conduct virtual testing and configuration of the car, simulate and measure any of its indicators in various conditions of the life cycle with detailed consideration of the characteristics of materials and features of technological processes. Now the electric car is in the status of an industrial pre-production model, which has passed the tests and all the necessary certification.