Moscow moves towards electric transport
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The city of Moscow has launched a project for a gradual transition to electric transport as befits a major world city.

    This week, the city is introducing special free parking spaces equipped with chargers to be used for electric and hybrid vehicles. And motorists can for now charge their vehicles for free. Anyone parking a car powered by an internal combustion engine in such a spot faces a find of 2,500 roubles (about $260), according to Moscow’s transport department.

    Plans call for the introduction of 200 charging stations in 2020, with that number rising to 600 by 2023.

    It takes, on average, about two hours to fully charge an electric car at a terminal. The stations are to be located in suburbs or near large shopping centres or recreation sites. 

    Plans also call for the eventual installation of new charging stations capable of charging a car within 20 minutes and to be installed near cafes and supermarkets.

    From next year, the city administration intends to concentrate its efforts on buying electric vehicles for public transit. Official data shows Moscow operating more electric buses than other European capitals: more than 380 such vehicles are in operation on city routes, compared to 200 in London and 140 in Berlin.

    City authorities plan to buy another 300 electric buses this year, 600 next year and 650 in 2022.

    The city also is preparing new rules under which owners of taxis or ride-sharing services will be entitled to twice the subsidy for leasing electric vehicles compared to that normally allotted to vehicles with internal combustion engines.  

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