– In difficult moments, state corporations should take on the tasks of national importance, such as the restoration of the Russian automobile industry. We cannot allow a vacuum in this industry, because millions of people are employed in it, – said Natalya Nikipelova.
According to her, Rosatom has huge resources and competencies for this. In particular, the RENERA company, which is part of the state corporation, is engaged in energy storage systems. Natalya Nikipelova stressed that the question is not whether the Russian auto industry can be restarted, but what will be the outcome. “It can be done, but it will be more efficient to run tomorrow’s car, not yesterday’s,” she said.
Some time ago, Rosatom announced a competition among Russian territories to determine a place for production. Kaliningrad was chosen from 42 options. A gigafactory is being built here, which will be launched in mid-2025. It will provide storage for 50,000 electric vehicles annually.
Next in line are three more similar factories of the same productivity. As Natalya Nikipelova said, a project is being implemented in Kaliningrad from the very beginning, which can be replicated.
Rosatom is not going to get hung up on any one model and dictate its vision of the traction battery. Everything will depend on the automakers, which means that different product options are possible. By the way, future products have already been distributed among potential consumers.