If in the USA, Europe and China the range of electric vehicles available for purchase is already almost comparable to the lines of cars with internal combustion engines, then in Russia everything is completely different.
The temporary zeroing of customs duties seemed to push the Russian electric car market to growth, but it was immediately stopped by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the lack of a wide network of charging stations hinders the spread of electric vehicles – neither the authorities nor private companies want to develop infrastructure for a small number of electric vehicles, and it is the lack of chargers that hinders sales growth. 6 brave brands are trying to break this vicious circle, which, in spite of everything, nevertheless decided to start the official sale of their electric vehicles in Russia.
Audi: e-tron crossover and e-tron Sportback coupe-crossover
Technically, both electric vehicles are the same model, which differs only in body type and equipment nuances. Audi’s electric crossovers are based on the MLB Evo platform from internal combustion engine models, so they represent a technical compromise from that point of view. Available in Russia only in the 55 quattro version, which means two electric motors with a total power of 306 hp, all-wheel drive and a 95 kWh battery (a range of 411 km for the e-tron and 446 km for the e-tron Sportback according to the standard WLTP).
Audi e-tron Sportback
Each of the Audi e-tron is available in four trim levels. The unnamed base costs 6,345,000 rubles (6,550,000 rubles for the e-tron Sportback), the Advance version is estimated at 6,705,000 rubles (6,910,000 rubles), Design – 7,170,000 rubles (7,375,000 rubles) and Sport at a price from 7,095,000 rubles (7,300,000 rubles). For each configuration, option packages are offered that can significantly increase the final cost of an electric vehicle.
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BMW: crossover iX
BMW could not lag behind competitors, so it also began to master the segment of electric vehicles. And not only at the global level, but also in Russia – the Russian premiere of the BMW iX crossover is scheduled for the end of 2021 in the xDrive50 variant, which is currently the top model for the model.
The only modification available in our country will offer customers two electric motors with a total power of 523 hp, four-wheel drive and a 105.2 kWh battery, which promises a cruising range of up to 630 km without recharging. The choice, in fact, will be only from the options for body design (Base and Sport) and interior design (Atelier, Loft and Suite). The cost of the BMW iX xDrive50 will be from 8,500,000 rubles.
JAC: iEV7S hatchback
If in China almost every car brand is engaged in the production of electric vehicles, then in the Russian market Chinese electric vehicles are officially represented by the only JAC iEV7S model. And this is, predictably, the most affordable new electric car in Russia that you can buy from an authorized dealer.
Those wishing to purchase JAC iEV7S will not have much choice. A front-wheel drive hatchback with a 115-horsepower electric motor and a 39 kWh battery that promises a range of up to 280 km (according to the NEDC cycle) without recharging is available in the only Luxury package, which will cost the buyer 2,499,000 rubles.
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Jaguar: crossover I-Pace
The British brand has become the first premium automaker to bring its electric crossover to the Russian market. In the absence of competitors, the I-Pace quickly became popular, but now the Jaguar model has rivals in the market. But this does not mean at all that the electric car has ceased to be in demand – it stably keeps in the group of leaders in sales.
Like the Audi e-tron, in Russia the Jaguar I-Pace is available in the only EV400 version, which includes a twin-engine power plant with a total power of 400 hp, all-wheel drive, a 90 kWh battery with a promised range of up to 470 km (WLTP ). The electric car is offered in three trim levels: the S version is estimated at 6,347,000 rubles, the SE – at 6,665,000 rubles, and the top-end HSE version costs from 7,234,000 rubles.
Mercedes-Benz: EQS liftback
Despite the fact that the global line of EQ electric vehicles and hybrids (under such a sub-brand the brand produces electrified models) already has several cars, only one will officially reach Russia, but what a one! Customers will be offered only the flagship EQS liftback, an electric analogue of the legendary Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, only with a completely different body and interior design, as well as high-tech equipment.
The new EQS is the first Mercedes-Benz model on the new MEA platform for electric vehicles, which has optimized the design of the car in terms of aerodynamics and interior space. The novelty received a giant full-width MBUX Hyperscreen screen, Digital Light headlights with 1.3 million micromirrors, Drive Pilot semi-automatic pilot, a fully controlled chassis, air suspension and much more. What will be available in Russia will become known after the start of sales of the Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic. The Russian market will offer only an all-wheel drive twin-engine liftback with a 523-horsepower power plant and a 107.8 kWh battery with a range of up to 500 km (WLTP). But how much such an electric car will cost is unknown.
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Porsche: Taycan liftback and Taycan Cross Turismo station wagon
The legendary brand quickly burst into the electric car segment, making two models at once – starting with the Taycan liftback, Porsche continued to conquer the new class with the off-road station wagon Taycan Cross Turismo. Both models, created on the new PPE platform, were offered on the Russian market and quickly became popular. Not only because of the magic of the brand, but also because of the wide range of modifications offered to customers.
Porsche Taycan can be purchased at a price of 6,980,000 rubles – it will be a rear-wheel drive 408-horsepower liftback with a Performance battery with a capacity of 79.2 kWh and a range of up to 432 km (up to 485 km for a 476-horsepower version with a Performance Plus battery of 93 .4 kWh), one step up the all-wheel drive Taycan 4S (530 hp with 79.2 kWh Performance battery and 407 km range, 571 hp with 93.4 kWh Performance Plus battery) h and a power reserve of 463 km) costing from 8,280,000 rubles, and at the top of the line is the 680-horsepower Taycan Turbo (Performance Plus battery at 93.4 kWh and a power reserve of 450 km) from 10,750,000 rubles and 761-horsepower Taycan Turbo S (93.4 kWh Performance Plus battery and 421 km power reserve) from 13,060,000 rubles.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
No less extensive range of versions and station wagon Taycan Cross Turismo. The basic option is the 476-horsepower Taycan 4 Cross Turismo with a power reserve of up to 456 km (from 7,790,000 rubles), and besides it, a 571-horsepower Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is offered (a power reserve of up to 452 km, the cost is from 8,380,000 rubles) , 680-horsepower Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo (power reserve up to 452 km, cost – from 10,850,000 rubles) and the flagship 761-horsepower Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (power reserve up to 419 km, cost – from 13,160,000 rubles). All versions have two motors, all-wheel drive, a 93.4 kWh Performance Plus battery and a special Gravel Mode for rough terrain.
In addition to the models listed above, in the sales statistics of the Russian market, you can find Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt hatchbacks, and all Tesla models (Model S and Model 3 sedans, Model X and Model Y crossovers), and KIA Niro crossovers, as well as a number of other electric vehicles, but all of them are not officially represented in Russia.
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