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EV Market Profile: Russia

by Stephen Fogel

The electric vehicle (EV) market in Russia is a small one. Out of a total of 41.6 million passenger cars in the country in 2017, a total of 1,133 battery electric cars were registered in Russia as of July 1, 2017.

Most Popular EVs In Russia

These are the most popular electric vehicles in Russia, along with the number of each that are registered there:

  • Nissan Leaf – 508
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 271
  • Tesla Model S – 181
  • LADA Ellada – 93
  • Tesla Model X – 34
  • Renault Twizy – 26
  • BMW i3 – 8

The Moscow area is home to 367 EVs, or about one-third of all the EVs in Russia. Here are the most popular EVs in Moscow, as of December 2017:

  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 150
  • Tesla Model S – 113
  • Nissan Leaf – 43
  • Tesla Model X – 25
  • Renault Twizy – 20
  • LADA Ellada¬†– 9
  • BMW i3 – 7

Availability Of Electric Vehicles In Russia

Some electric vehicles are available directly through auto dealers in Russia. Others must be imported from outside the country. Here is a list:

Nissan Leaf: Not sold by Nissan dealers in Russia, must be imported.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Was sold in Russia until 2016, no longer sold because ruble/yen exchange rate made it too expensive.

Tesla Model S and Model X: No Tesla sales or service centers currently in Russia, must be imported. There are no Superchargers in Russia at this time.

LADA Ellada: Available through LADA dealers in Russia.

Renault Twizy: Available through two Renault dealers, one in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg.

BMW i3: Available through BMW dealers in Russia (i8 is also available).

Challenges Facing EVs In Russia

There are many issues that will need to be overcome, before EVs can become a larger part of the light vehicle market in Russia. These include:

  • Cold winters shorten range and battery life
  • Hot summers require heavy air conditioner use, shortening range
  • Shortage of charging stations
  • Long charging times
  • High cost of vehicles
  • Limited range, compared to gasoline vehicles

Time will tell how fast the technology can advance to provide consumers with longer range on a charge, quicker charging, and less expensive batteries. The charging infrastructure will also need to greatly improve, so that there can are more places to charge, and faster chargers as well.

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