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Russian gas stations ordered to provide chargers for electric cars

Staff writer ▼ | September 7, 2015
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree requiring the owners of gas stations to equip their facilities with chargers for electric cars by November 1, 2016.
Dmitry Medvedev
Electric cars   Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree
The measure is aimed at boosting the production and use of more environmentally friendly cars, which have so far proved highly unpopular among Russians.

About 500 electric cars have been sold in total in Russia, according to Andrei Toptun, head of the Autostat car market research agency.

On Thursday, out of nearly 60,000 used cars on sale in Moscow on the popular website, only 18 were electric cars, 13 of which were U.S. brand Teslas with price tags ranging from about $60,000 to $180,500.

The cheapest electric car on sale in Moscow, a 2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, was offered for $12,000.

In comparison, Russia's neighbor Norway, the world's leading electric vehicle market, registered its 50,000th electric car in April, Reuters reported.