Those were the bright spots during a weak November, and the chance of a rebound in the final month of the year was unlikely because of the ongoing chip shortage, which has led to production and logistics problems in the country, according to the Moscow-based Association of European Businesses (AEB).
"Usually, December is a good month for car sales, but this year is different and it also seems that this trend will continue during the next year with even worse figures in the coming months," Thomas Staertzel, chairman of the AEB automobile manufacturers committee, said in a statement.
The AEB said that Russian lawmakers are poised to initiate "legal acts, which might make the situation even worse."
It was referring to a plan by the government to increase the disposal fee for electric vehicles by a factor of nine.
"Together with the announced non-extension of the zero import duty on e-vehicles, this measure will substantially undermine the development of this market segment, which has just started to grow in Russia," the AEB release said.
In November, Staertzel said that electric vehicle sales had grown to 845 through 10 months, a modest figure, but 118 percent higher than total EV sales in 2020. He added that the automobile manufacturers committee was "convinced that the prolongation of the zero-import customs duty for battery-electric vehicles is mutually beneficial for all market participants and the government."
Russia plans to subsidize the purchase of domestically manufactured EVs to stimulate demand and production, the economy ministry said in August. Russia wants annual EV production of 220,000 by 2030.