Russia Removes Taxes On Imported Electric Cars

JUL 28 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 8

Only a few hundred electric cars are registered in Russia today (647, according to Autostat data), but that may change soon, as the nation has decided to lift its import duties on pure electric cars.  Finally.

As RT reports:

“The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has approved tax-free imports of vehicles equipped with electric engines. This will make buying an electric car in Russia about 15 percent cheaper.”

The original Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV did a round of "cold weather testing" in Russia ... but not many have been sold in the country

The original Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV did a round of “cold weather testing” in Russia … but not many have been sold in the country

This tax break will go into effect this September and will remain until at least August 2017.

The lifting of import duties only applies to pure electric cars. Plug-in hybrids do not benefit from this program.

The 15% break will mostly impact Tesla (a current best seller), but in a positive way by slashing the price rather substantially for buyers of the S and X.

RT adds:

“Scaling down the duties aims to encourage the use of eco-friendly transport within the boundaries of the Eurasian Economic Union and provide a background for developing the e-vehicle market,” said the EEC Trade Minister Veronika Nikishina. The minister stressed that more electric vehicles on the roads means it’s necessary to make more charging stations available.”

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A Quick serach on this site – http://insideevs.com/?s=Russia sees that this is one more step – along with – http://insideevs.com/russia-to-give-imported-evs-a-2-year-tax-exemption/ – and http://insideevs.com/public-charging-network-grow-substantially-russia-2015-video/ plus last fall – https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/russian-gas-stations-ordered-to-provide-chargers-for-electric-cars-49364

So – step by step, they are going to see the possabilities! Maybe time for them to get on-board with Solar energy too – and even Wind – they should have enough of that to make it a go!

If only you could harness the power of Siberian Snow…

Solar 😛 talk about pointless. Wind on the other hand could be very useful in Russia, especially considering all the dispatchable environmentally horrible natural gas that they are using.

Russia has done surprisingly well in cleaning up their grid though, cutting coal generation in half during the last 15 years.
Lots of clean hydro and nuclear too, and nuclear is expanding fairly rapidly so it’s only getting cleaner.

But don’t talk to loudly about Russia being a lot greener and cleaner both in reductions and total numbers than for example the US and Germany, it might make them burn more coal just to show that they can. 🙂

On January 20th, 2016 – Putin pushes electric car development in Russia – http://bellona.org/news/transport/electric-vehicles/2016-01-putin-pushes-electric-car-development-in-russia

On September 11, 2015 – Russia Mandates Electric-Vehicle Chargers at All Gas Stations – http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/russia-electric-car-charging

We don’t even have that last push in the USA or Canada – not even in China, as far as I have heard!

Chargers at All Gas Stations – should be more particularly – at least one 50 kW DC QC (or – 2 x 20-25 kW Units), and at least 2 of the Level 2 Charging stations! If Gas Stations are on Freeways, as in service centres, then – at least 2 x 50 kW DC QC’s + 6 Level 2 Charging stations!

“Plug-in hybrids do not benefit from this program.”
At last! Ditch the polluting complex and archaic Infernal Combustion Engine!

I feel like this needs to be posted in response for some reason

According to AUTOSTAT Russia there are 152 Model S registered in Russia. The link below will take you to an article with a picture of the Moscow Supercharger site and Tesla’s (proposed) Supercharger sites yet to be built in eastern Europe. The Moscow site is located adjacent to a Golf Club near Moscow.

http://www.thecountrycaller.com/53847-tesla-motors-inc-tsla-heres-the-first-russian-supercharger-station/

I wish the New Zealand government would lead the way like we did with antinuclear legislation. Pity they are right wing…