Gas Stations In Russia Required To Install Electric Car Chargers

SEP 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 27

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The Russian electric vehicle market is so small that perhaps 500 plug-in cars have been sold in total over the past several years.

According to The Moscow Times, sales in 2014 hit a record of 140, but in harsh winter conditions, poor financial situations, no stimulation for EVs, and rare charging points make EV sales difficult.

So far this year sales even decreased (about ~50 in first half).

Now, the Russian government intends to improve the  environment for EVs by ordering gas stations to install charging points by November 1, 2016!

This is a pretty sharp move, which we didn’t see coming:

“Gas stations all across Russia have been ordered to adapt their facilities to provide chargers for the country’s electric vehicles — which number just a few hundred in total.”

EL Lada

EL Lada

Installing charging points at all gas stations in Russia for a fleet of just a few hundred plug-in is… interesting for sure.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s decree does not clarify what type of charging points will be installed, so we believe that in most cases station owners will install the lowest power possible.

“The cost of setting up a charging station starts from 100,000 rubles ($1,480), said Maxim Osorin, general director of Revolta Motors, which sells electric cars and operates a chain of electric vehicle charging stations in Moscow and the Moscow region.

Those stations take up to nine hours to charge an electric vehicle. Modern fast-charging stations, which can charge a car in half an hour, cost around 3.5 million rubles ($51,720) in Russia, he said.

In addition to the equipment, station owners will have to cover installation expenses and the costs of grid connection if there is no free capacity, Osorin said in written comments.”

The Moscow Times stated that one of several charging operators – Moscow United Electric Grid Company – operates 28 charging points.

“It is a pilot project, so the company’s stations offer the service free of charge, said Yelena Burenina, spokeswoman for the Moscow United Electric Grid Company.

The stations are not working at full capacity due to a lack of demand, she said.

The charging points for electric cars in Moscow currently operate as separate stations that are not connected to gas stations.”

The largest number of EVs in Russia are Mitsubishi i-MiEVs – 217 according to the article.

Locally made Lada “EL Lada” found 49 buyers.

Source: The Moscow Times

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27 Comments on "Gas Stations In Russia Required To Install Electric Car Chargers"

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David Murray

If they are L2 stations it is probably a waste of time. Who wants to sit at a gas station for hours?

Ocean Railroader

I think what is most likely going to happen is a lot of gas stations are going to add EV charging signs to the outlets on the sides of their buildings and open them to the public. The reason why is that pretty much most gas stations I have seen have a outlet on the side of them to operate outdoor things.

But I do suspect that a lot of the more larger and happening gas stations might add DC Quick chargers.

Bone

L2 is not sufficient for road trips, but it can save from getting stranded. L2 at every gas station would be great safety net for people driving low range EV’s.

jmac

Most gas stations in the U.S. are privately owned. The last I recall only about 8 per cent of stations are oil company owned.

I’m not a lawyer, but I don’t think there’s much the oil companies can do to stop gas station owners from installing EV charging bays.

Steven

You’d be surprised what a company can make an “independent dealer” do. Some years back a friend owned a gas station. Three service bays in back and nine pumps out front. He owned the building, leased the land from a real estate holding company, and dealt Gulf brand liquids (oil, gas, and kero.

Then one day, his regional representative comes in and says if he wants to continue selling their products, they would have to remodel the entire facility at his own expense to match their new corporate standards. Doing the math, he realized that he wouldn’t break even until several years after he planned to retire.

At the end of his yearly lease, he ended up selling the building to the oil company, took his tools and walked away.

So yeah, if an independent dealer wants to sell branded fuels, the oil company can make them do a lot.

Campisi

Indeed. Franchise agreements these days are little removed from corporate ownership beyond the requisite franchiser/franchisee legal-liability separation language. It’s reached such a degree that America’s labour ministry has begun spreading employer liability up the corporate chain as a recognition of reality.

Bill Howland

ALthough the home improvement/small commercial remodeling ‘industry’ would disagree, I’m glad when I hear stories of either car dealerships or gas stations or other franchised locations tell the corporation they are only going to minimally comply, if at all.

The Basil family of dealerships locally regularly either ignores GM remodeling directives, and/or implements them as minimally as they possibly can. Apparently they’ve had a bit of a skirmish with Detroit since they have no L2 facilities anywhere, even at those locations which sell many Volts. At my dealership they are no longer stocking ELR’s for this reason, besides the fact they didn’t sell.

This moscow directive seems to be, as was said, in actuality, a very minimal requirement, mostly involving installing an EV charging sign near an existing outdoor recepticle and providing a designated parking spot, in the hopes of ‘advertising’ EV’s in the daily life of the typical Moscovite.

I’d say there is much to applaud here. Sometimes, minimal, low-cost efforts can have a greater overall effect, then one at first blush would think.

Vinny

There are several Sheetz stations in North Carolina and Pennsylvania that have installed DCFCs. Most Sheetz stations I have been in were fairly large, well lit and clean. There are definitely worse places to spend 30 minutes charging.

MTN Ranger

Yes, they have CHAdeMO and CCS too. It’s not a bad place to hang out at for 20-30 minutes. It has a full restaurant and decent walk-in beer cooler.

Mike777

Smart to get in on the end-of-carbon revolution early. If they don’t burn the oil they can sell the oil.

jmac

Aloha Petroleum Unveils First Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers at Hawaii Gas Stations

http://investor.avinc.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=691094

Bill Howland

And Petrol-Canada was a prime sponsor of SunCountryHighway’s “E-Mazing Race”, even having a few L2 chargers at some of their facilities.

And since SCH prefers to install 80 amp L2’s in most places, its somewhat ironic that the fastest electric charge in most locales there are at the Gas Station.

The only J1772 80 amp charger in the states Near me is the SunCountryHighway docking station our Cancer Surgeon friend (Brian’s and mine) Ron donated to the Best Western in East Syracuse. Complete with “KEEP CANADIANS WORKING!!!” sticker on it.

Ocean Railroader

If you think about it any type of global electric car charging system is going to require a system of chargers along the roads in Russia. If they could really do this with a system of DC Quick Chargers you might be able to drive from Germany to China’s Coastline on a system of DC Quick chargers in a Mitsubishi i-miev.

Priusmaniac

They will first have to finish the S232 connection between Kanas lake just north of Jiadengyu in China and the Kanas pass road south of Koch-Agatch in Russia if they don’t want to go all the way through Vladivostok or cross trough Mongolia.

Anon

Putin on the Ritz. 😉

Foo

Gas stations are the completely WRONG place to install EV chargers.

They should require places like shopping malls and supermarkets to install chargers. Places people go and will park at.

Who wants to park at a gas station?!

Just_Chris

Someone who lives in a country with sidewalks and limited off street parking?

I am not sure if this is Russia, I’m thinking there is a good reason why they have done this. It sounds very impressive but I suspect that it is more about allowing access to existing infrastructure rather than installing new infrastructure.

I wish we would pass more laws and regulations that unlocked existing infrastructure rather then re-inventing the wheel every time. There are heaps of plugs in car parks, petrol stations, campsites and other places where you could realistically leave your car for an hour or so but no one knows they are there and no one is allowed to use them.

Someone out there

Yeah, it’s not optimal but it’s a start. When people see that there are plenty of charging stations should they need one, EVs suddenly looks a lot more attractive to buy. Then, when enough people has bought EVs the shopping malls will start offering charged parking.
It’s an attempt to solve the chicken-and-egg problem and get the ball rolling.

Andrey R

Having lived the first half of my life in Eastern Europe (Belarus) my semi-educated guess is that someone cosy with Russian government got in control of say major exporter of charging equipment and decided it’s time to create some demand for the available supplies, hence this regulation. This is just how things work over there (and to some degree everywhere else).

kosee

Sorry about no source but I read somewhere that the translation of this news went wrong and that it’s Moscow only.

EV chargers throughout entire Russia sounds to good to be true. But I wouldn’t mind if it would happen off course.

Sublime

In communist Russia…

Hmmm…

This is harder than Yakov Smirnoff made it look.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Gee, slow EV charging and gas stations go together as well as oil and water.

The gas station owner is not gonna like EVs sitting there for hours, occupying valuable space, and (so far as I can see) not generating any revenue for the station owner. Likewise, the EV owner probably won’t like being treated like a red-headed stepchild while he’s on the premises.

It looks like whoever decided to mandate this didn’t think it through. I think the most likely outcome is that the station owner will vandalize the EV charger, to make sure it goes unused.

Bone

Gas stations live from selling food and beverages. Profit margin is much higher than selling gas. Gas station owners profit from customers that spend longer time than it takes to fill the tank.

Wayne

This is so good for the industry. I wish the UK had the same balls to impose something similar. Only change would be too enforce rapid charging with zero membership requirements. Turn up and charge.

Craig Capurso

If you sell gasoline or diesel it should me mandatory to set at least l2 charging based on a percentage of pumps

Mister G

Gas stations will install fast chargers when there is sufficient demand…1% of total vehicle sales are plugins, demand is not there unfortunately.

Craig Capurso

Chicken or the egg