Over the past 6 months, the sale of 19 new passenger electric vehicles was registered in Kazakhstan. Most of them were Tesla Motors models, EXPO2017.com website reports with reference to the press service of the Union of Enterprises of the Automotive Industry of Kazakhstan “KazAvtoProm."
In addition to Tesla, Kazakhstani people purchased 4 electric cars Nissan Leaf, as well as one copy of Renault Twizy and LADA Vesta EV. The last one was presented in the framework of the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017.
"Electric cars today are an exotic niche in the segment of luxury models. In this regard, Kazakhstan is not unique, since the boom in demand for electric vehicles in Western Europe, the United States and China is fully provided with enormous benefits and subsidies financed by the state. Should Kazakhstan follow their example?No, it shouldn’t, for a number of reasons. First, the number of potential buyers at the current price tag is insignificant. Secondly, the republic does not have the financial resources for consumer subsidies. Thirdly, the climatic conditions, long distances and the low population density in Kazakhstan are not conducive to the mass development of electric mobility. Finally, the most important thing is that the "crutches", offered by the national governments of electric mobility industry cause more anxiety and frustration,” said the Chairman of the board of “KazAvtoProm" Union Oleg Alferov.
As an example Alferov cited the experience of Denmark, where, with the cancellation of the benefits the sales of electric vehicles at the beginning of the year collapsed tenfold and actually stopped.
Let us note that LADA Vesta EV is not the only electric vehicle that Kazakhstan demonstrates at the world specialized exhibition Astana EXPO 2017. Among the exhibits you can see electric vehicles "JAC" from Kostanai region, as well as electric buses of Kazakhstan production.
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