Submitted by slade on Fri, 2013-12-27 16:35
Just recently, a decision has been made to stimulate Russian people to purchase electric vehicles outside the country and import them without any customs duties. The validity period for duty free import is from february 1st, 2014 till december 31st, 2015. Normally people would pay at least around 48% of new vehicle cost in customs duties alone.
This is a big change, and probably will stimulate a lot of vehicle orders from Tesla, especially Model X due to high ground clearance. However, in Russia there is a yearly transportation tax which every vehicle owner pays based on engine horsepower. The transportation tax increases dramatically (doubles) once engine horsepower is over 250hp.
I am wondering if there will be a Russian localization of the vehicle interface (most important navigation) and will there be an engine option in the range of 240hp or so.
If such option is available, then I believe Tesla products will be very popular in Russia, at least during this time frame.