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Is it profitable to operate an electric car in Moscow? KXan 36 Daily News

Date: May 28, 2023 Time: 22:22:26

The cost of gasoline and electric cars with the same other technical characteristics in Moscow showrooms differs by 1.5-2 times, even taking into account state subsidies, said Stanislav Puchevsky, CEO of the Simble IT company. . A striking example is the same “Moskvich”: a conventional gasoline crossover costs about 2 million, and an electric one – 3.5. But there are also cheap options. Now the Evolute brand is gaining popularity in the capital – fully electric cars are assembled according to Chinese technologies, but in our country, at a plant in Lipetsk. From gasoline, these machines are favorably distinguished by the absolute calmness of the course. Taking into account state subsidies, the cost of a sedan is about 2 million rubles.

The second item of expense is autonomous charging stations, which at a critical moment allow you to recharge the car, like a smartphone from a power bank. Depending on the characteristics, such stations cost from 50 thousand to 1 million rubles. Muscovites tend mainly to budget models, since “autonomy” is needed only as a safety net.

The electrical machine and autonomous stations are charged from a conventional electrical network. In terms of charging speed, battery life and energy costs, you can save a lot compared to using a gasoline car. “The cost of charging a car in Moscow has decreased by an average of nine times,” said Denis Migal. “With active operation of a car with electric drive, it costs about 1,000-2,000 rubles per month, if you charge it at night for 5 hours.” A full charge is usually enough to drive 500 km. This is a huge reserve of power, even taking into account the distances in Moscow.

But motorists can also save on electricity in the capital. According to the press service of the Department of Transport, there are now more than 120 free charging stations in the city. They usually stand in parking lots downtown or in big box stores in remote areas. Recently, stations with connectors of various types have appeared in places of mass attraction. In particular, they were placed in parking areas near the 2nd Likhoborsky, Sovkhozny, Khovansky entrances, on Oktyabrskaya Square and near a multi-level parking lot on Khovanskaya Street; all these are the surroundings of VDNKh. Thus, the owners of electric vehicles greatly outperform their “colleagues” with gasoline cars. In addition, owners of electric cars are exempt from vehicle tax, as well as paying for city parking. In other words, while gas users pay for a parked car, electric fans charge at no additional cost.

The development of the charging network under the Moscow Energy program now fully meets the needs of motorists. Now there are more than 2,160 electric cars registered in the city, there are enough charging stations to serve the electric fleet, but the demand for electric cars is growing year by year.

Muscovites charged their cars at free stations more than 70,000 times in a year

“In total, motorists used the charging infrastructure some 70,000 times during the year, 13 times more than in all of 2021,” said Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov. “The network development program will be expanded.”

Earlier, RG reported that as part of the Energy of Moscow project, it is planned to install new types of charging stations in the city, which will allow drivers of electric vehicles to charge as fast as electric buses – in just 20 minutes. At the same time, thanks to the maintenance of the network throughout the entire life cycle, charging stations will meet international standards and be updated in a timely manner, according to the materials of the Moscow Energy project. Most ultra-fast “civilian” free chargers will appear in business centers and shopping malls.

Hansen Taylor
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Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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