The development of the UAZ Hunter electric SUV had to be postponed indefinitely, according to the Sollers group (owns the UAZ). The cars were planned to be sold in Europe under the Spartan brand in cooperation with the Czech company MW Motors, but this idea had to be abandoned due to sanctions and the political situation.
“Due to sanctions and, to put it mildly, difficult relations with the Czech Republic, the Spartan project has been put on hold.“, – explained the official representative of Sollers. Sollers did not specify how many electric vehicles based on UAZ Hunter have already been produced and whether the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant plans to implement the idea of electrification on its own.
The Spartan electric SUV was first shown in the fall of 2021. It was developed by MW Motors by order of a mining company from the UK. UAZ helped to certify the model, and also advised Czech engineers on technical issues.
A pilot batch of electric vehicles based on the UAZ Hunter was to be assembled at the Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant in February 2022. SUV with 163 hp electric motor and a power reserve of 262 km in Europe intended to sell at a price of 40 thousand euros. The chassis elements were left unchanged, as was the manual transmission.