Meet Russia’s First Tesla Model S Owner

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 27

Grishin With His Model S Via Instagram

Grishin With His Model S Via Instagram

Grishin's Model S

Grishin’s Model S Via Instagram

Dmitry Grishin, owner of one of the biggest news portals in all of Russia, is likely the first person to acquire a Tesla Model S in Russia.

Currently, Tesla does not sell the Model S in Russia, but it seems as though a lot of Russians wish Tesla would offer the electric sedan for sale there.

As Grishin stated:

“There are a lot of technology enthusiasts here. I see many people… you know, I have a huge amount of people in Moscow who just try to come to me to ask to drive the car. Many friends, technology entrepreneurs.”

For Grishin, it took over 5 months just to get a Model S.

How did he do it? It all started in Amsterdam where he took delivery. After he had taken the delivery, the Model S was driven to the Netherlands. From there, the venture headed to Germany, then to the Russian border. All of which took 3 weeks…then he had to deal with customs.

“First, what I did, I created a small team of people who helped me to bring the Tesla to Moscow, because we have logistics, legal stuff, how we cross the Russian border, and all this stuff.”

“It was very funny stuff, because pretty much they don’t have this car in their databases.”

“If you see some policeman who see the car driving, they spend a lot of time looking at it. It’s a very fun exercise for them to see how this works: ‘Is it really true? They’re driving without gasoline?’”

“I put Tesla Model S in Russian databases. Next time people will bring it to Russia, it will be a little easier.”

The Model S all said and done, cost Grishin ₽6.5 million. Which is about $180,000 USD. The Model S, equivalently optioned, is around $110,000 in the US.

Surprisingly, Russia has a few EV perks. EVs park is most major cities for free and the Nissan LEAF is available there.

Grishin installed 3 chargers in his company’s parking lot. He currently does not have one at his home.

As of this moment, there is no Tesla service of any kind in Russia.

Grishin states that he can put the Model S on a ferry to Stockholm, using trains and boats most of the way there, on one charge if it needs any servicing.

It’s clear that Mr. Grishin is eager for EV adoption to increase in Russia.

Grishin commented:

“Some are saying that maybe Tesla is buying me off, working on commission because I make so much noise about Tesla in Russia. I say no, I just really want to help. I hope somehow it will help bring Tesla to Russia.”

We are looking forward to hearing further information from Dmitry Grishin. It will be very interesting to learn how he manages with his Model S, especially since there’s no servicing of the Model S in all of  Russia.

Source: The Verge

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27 responses to "Meet Russia’s First Tesla Model S Owner"

  1. vadik_veselovsky says:

    Yes, because Russians have a lot of money to buy expensive things like Tesla they are allowed to kill inferior nations like Ukrainians.

    How about a Tesla for every 100 Ukrainian children killed? And a Model 3 for Crimeans.

    1. Big Solar says:

      I sold my Model S to a guy in Slovakia and he was the first owner there. I think he is still the only owner there.? The Ukraine thing is over Natural Gas in case anyone is wondering.

      1. Rob Stark says:

        The “Ukraine thing” is about a land bridge from Russia to Crimea.

        1. Big Solar says:

          Not according to my friends from Ukraine.

          1. Chris O says:

            The occupation of the Crimea was about trillions worth of off shore NG potential. Eastern Ukraine is probably needed to build pipelines to Russia.

            Oh, I’m so excited about the prospect of NG powered hydrogen vehicles. Thank you Toyota& co for your great contribution to this planet!

            1. Nobody mentioned the possible NATO / EU membership of Ukraine as an issue?

              1. vadik_veselovsky says:

                Ukrainians in their vast majority DO want EU and (now) NATO.

                Aren’t Ukrainians a free people to decide for themselves how they want their own country?

                But the most irritating issue is that Ukraine does not promote EVs much, those would be a perfect answer for Putin’s oil.

                1. Mikael says:

                  You are very much oversimplifying it and only looking at it from the western friendly part and view of Ukraine and ukrainians.

                  Don’t forget that is was an Coup d’état overthrowing a democratically chosen government that started the whole thing.

                  1. vadik_veselovsky says:

                    The democratically elected president started to kill after amassing billions of dirty money and abolishing any protest.

                    You have just lost all of your credibility and will be ignored.

                2. You are a liar. The majority voted against the EU dictatorship and throw the orange revolution puppets out of the office. Then legally voted government was destroyed by CIA financed military regime, which is now using cluster bombs against their own civil cities.

          2. Rob Stark says:

            Crimea has been annexed.

            Russians are a majority there. Lost cause getting it back.

            Eastern Ukraine has almost no natural gas.

            Crimea can only supply 10% of its drinking water needs among other things.

            Shipping by air/sea for the long hall is prohibitively expensive.

            The current situation in Eastern Ukraine is about a land bridge from Russia to Crimea. Whether some Ukrainians think so or not.

            1. Your land way conspiracy doesn’t make any sense, because the seaway between the Russian Krim and the Russian land is just about 3 km wide (Kavkaz-Kerch) and using the ferry is faster than driving the 200 km bad streets through the Ukraine. Russia has also already spend a lot of money to rush the planning and construction of a new bridge to the Krim.

      2. Boris says:

        I know there are at least 2 Model S’s driving around Slovakia, one of the first people who bought one (black S85) also set up his own booth at the Bratislava auto show and presented the car to the people there on his own budget obviously…

        1. Big Solar says:

          Thats basically what the guy who bought mine is doing. A white S85 with tan leather. Keep an eye out for it! Ha.

    2. You are a lying NATO agent warmonger.

  2. vadik_veselovsky says:

    I am still fuming, this article is in the vein of “SS-Sturmbannführer Müller presented the new Hörch to Mr Göbbels”.

    Guys, have some political correctness around here please.

    1. Mikael says:

      Relax. The story is about an EV enthisuast who imported a Tesla to a country who doesn’t sell them yet.

      Should we flame every US Tesla buyer too because of all the nasty things their government(s) has(have) done too?

    2. You are the racist. The NAZI fascists Azov warlord Jihadists belong to the puppet regime in Kiev.

      1. Boris says:

        Why did Russia (Soviet Union) invade Czechoslovakia in 1968, was the Prague Spring also organized by CIA or NATO or Nazis?

  3. kdawg says:

    How will over-the-air updated be done? Can you connect to Wifi and get updates?

    1. Big Solar says:

      A guy at Tesla told me when the car leaves the country it is no longer under warranty….

    2. CHAdeMO says:

      it works fine over the wifi, we also change sim cards inside the car for local carrier ones after activation with little help from Tesla it works fine.
      There were some issues with these cars in Russia all resolved, most generated by Tesla staff not sharing information (thanks Jerome) but we are a smart nation, so either way they keep on putting mileage 🙂 though after first wows we now much more prepared for Tesla approach and quality. Also the at TM need to appreciate how their customers in Russia really feel about pro Tesla despite Tesla’s being as arrogant as possible with all that non-core market bullshit implying all types of double standards towards sales/service practice, I guess you can do it when line is 5 month, but it will change very soon.

  4. CHAdeMO says:

    He is a good guy. Head of mail.ru group which is a very large internet company in Russia. But he is definitely not the first one, by at least 8 month of so. When this guy has got his MS it was already 50+ MSs and counting in Russia.
    And yes, there is no EV in word politics. Relax guys 🙂
    BTW it’s the best selling EV in Russia

    1. Mikael says:

      Best selling EV in Russia? What is your base for that statement?

      1. CHAdeMO says:

        My base is the sales numbers of the following very short list of EV/PHEVs available in Russia:

        Mitsubishi iMiev (below 200 in 3 years)
        Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (dozens just started)
        Volvo V60 PHEV (dozens just started)
        BMW i8 (40 is the quota something like 2-3 cars left)

        Tesla Model S is at around 300. All “grey” import cars initially from the US and starting this spring from the EU.

        Other cars are not available officially since respective car manufacturers do not offer them for Russian market.

  5. Priusmaniac says:

    It will be interesting to see how the car is going to run with freezing temperature, especially if he takes it north or to the east or Siberia. Although it might take a while to have superchargers all the way to Vladivostok. According to Norwegian uses it can take the cold quiet well.
    I am surprised there is no showroom in Moscow since the market there is at least as big as the one in Australia.
    In the mean time it will be great to see pictures of the Model S in front of some famous Russian places like the Hermitage Museum or the red square.