Electric Vehicles Slowly Gain Popularity in Russia
Slowly is the key word here.
On July 14, 20 electric vehicles rolled into Moscow for what’s believed to have been Russia’s first EV rally.
Called the Ekomotors Rally, the idea was to promote the use of electric transportation in Russia. This promoting of EVs in Russia has been ongoing for 5 years now, but this year’s event marks the first time that such a number of electric vehicles were all on display in one place.
The rally in Moscow featured the Estrima Biro, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt. Those in attendance got to sit behind the wheel of the vehicles and talk to the owners.
In order for electric vehicles to catch on in Russia, prices will have to drop. The average electric in Russia costs upwards of $60,000 US, which is far too expensive when several conventional vehicles can be had for roughly half that price.
Though electric vehicles are slowly catching on in Russia, the push now is to convince the government to offer subsidies or tax breaks to drive up sales. If that happens, then slowly will become less slow.