MWM, the Czech automobile manufacturer got their start in 2010 with the Luka EV which was an old-fashioned looking concept car that was all-electric. Their newest model, the Spartan, is built on the new UAZ-469, they’ve added an electronic drivetrain a battery, and that’s basically it. Their goal is to keep this car close to its UAZ roots. As they put it:
“MWM Spartan perfectly describes this range of hard-working, practical, minimalist, affordable & easy to fix vehicles. The range is designed for customers abandoned by large car manufacturers. Real 4×4 enthusiasts, the farming community, forestry workers, extreme activity fans & under-ground mining companies care about rugged, raw performance, not fancy interiors or accessories. Not everyone wants a high cost, high maintenance stallion. Some people need a workhorse. The Spartan range fills this niche.”
Russian automakers have long been known for their focus on utilitarianism, so this matches that. But is that an easy cop-out for not updating the car more? I mean, as I understand it currently, electric charging stations aren’t really in rural areas, and (sadly) many who live in these areas don’t have access to a lot of utilities for electric vehicles. So are these really for farmers or people who live in rural areas? We’ll see. Or maybe we won’t because these aren’t being sold in the US. I wish they would though.