The Russian electric car market has set a new record – DRIVE

If we talk not about new cars, but about the park as a whole, then at the beginning of 2021, 10,836 electric vehicles were registered in Russia (according to the Avtostat agency), with 83% being hatchbacks Nissan Leaf, and these are mostly used right-hand drive bodices.

The Automobile Manufacturers’ Committee of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) published a report on sales of new passenger cars in Russia for ten months of this year, in which it considered it necessary to highlight the record of official sales of electric cars – 845 units. This is 118% more than for the entire 2020 year (according to AEB statistics). Committee links growth to cancellation import duties for electric cars in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union. The preferential import regime is valid from May 2020 to the end of 2021.

New electric cars occupied 0.06% of the Russian market. For comparison, in September 2021, the global share of rechargeable models (PHEV and BEV) for the first time was double-digit – 10.2% (according to EV-Volumes). 685 881 cars sold. Of these, about 512,000 are pure electric cars and about 174,000 are hybrids with charging. Norway stands out in terms of the share of BEV plus PHEV in the local market (91.5%).

In absolute numbers, the electric car market in Russia is tiny. For comparison, in January – October 2021, 1,313,579 cars and light commuter vehicles were sold in the country, which is 10.5% more than in the same period last year. The committee called for an extension of the duty-free import for at least another couple of years. Earlier, the same proposal was received by the EEC from Belarus. The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, according to TASS, did not support the idea. The ministry argued its position with a desire to stimulate localization electric cars instead of import, such cars are even offered discounts.


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