Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ninety electric cars sold in Russia since October 2011

Russian Mitsubishi distributor Rolf Import announced this week that it has sold 90 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars in the country since the cars became available for sale in October 2011.

Mitsubishi's i-MiEV is the only electric car on the market in Russia and is sold in 42 dealerships in 19 cities. With a price tag of nearly $60,000, the i-MiEV is substantially more expensive than the carmaker's Outlander at $30,000 and the Pajero at $45,000. In addition to the price tag, there is a 20 percent customs duty on electric car imports in Russia, according to Utility Products.

The majority of the i-MiEV's sales have been to Russian power companies, including United Moscow power company and the Yekaterinburg power company. The power suppliers have been using the electric cars to test charging stations. Private security companies have also purchased a few of the cars for stealthier patrol.

Although a lack of infrastructure in Russia has kept most electric car manufacturers out of Russia, analysts believe that United Moscow power company could furnish the city with 1,900 charging stations in the next six years, Utility Products reports.

Moscow currently offers 50 charging stations for electric cars-- the majority have been built by the power company.