23:52 GMT07 May 2021
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    Alexander Lukashenko has also shared ambitious plans for the production of an advanced electric car in Belarus.

    Belarusian President Alexandro Lukashenko said he was deeply impressed by the features of a Tesla Model S electric car he recently test drove.

    "You can drive it at any speed. Honestly, I drove 280 kph and was afraid that it [the car] would fly. Such speed is common for a plane during takeoff or landing. A very good car," the Belarus leader said, cited by BelTA.

    Lukashenko raised hopes that the country's residents will be able to drive a domestically produced electric car in the near future.

    "We will have enough electricity when we launch a nuclear power plant," he said, adding that the most difficult task would be to create a battery that can last for 500-600 km at a speed of 100 kph.

    According to the country's leader, cooperating with China would be very helpful in this regard.

    "I'm counting on our Chinese partners that they will work together with us to create an electric vehicle at Geely [a China-based automotive manufacturing company]. Experts of the National Academy of Sciences are already seriously working on the car," he said.

    Earlier, the Belarusian leader was reportedly presented with a Geely electric car during his visit to the Belgee factory, an automotive joint venture of China and Belarus.


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