Russia wants to promote electric car production

Russia wants to promote electric car production

Vedomosti – Eurasian Economic Commission will pull down the tariff rates implemented on the imports of parts and components used in electric car production and electric filling stations, manufactured outside the member states. According to Vedomosti newspaper, the Commission has already prepared a plan, in order to promote the production and usage of electric cars in the member states, for 2015-2017 period. The plan has been approved by the vice presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia, according to the report.

The decision to pull down the tariff rates on the imports of parts and components used in electric car production is expected to be taken during the 2015-2016 period. The aforementioned rates are around 5%-10% currently. The nullification of the rates is also on the agenda. It should be remembered that the imports of ready-to-use automobiles are exempt from customs duties in the member states, until the end of 2015. The hybrid automobiles are outside the scope of government support, on the other hand. However, the inclusion of components used in the production of hybrid automobiles is within possibility.

The officials hope that the reduction in tariff rates will encourage domestic production, which is currently in the beginning phase. The electric buses of KAMAZ and GAZ Group are being tested at the moment. AVTOVAZ, on the other hand, seems to be a few steps ahead of its rivals. El Lada electric cars, manufactured on the basis of Lada Kalina, have been on the market for a while. However, the figures are pretty small. The company has manufactured only 33 El Lada in 2014.

The Commission officials state that there are less than 1000 electric cars on the roads of the member states and 300 electric cars have been imported in 2014.

Components such as: batteries and engines are generally imported for electric car production.

The Eurasian Economic Commission’s plan includes inducements on the establishment of electric filling stations as well.