Russian people no longer driving "horse-driven carts or tanks," president says.
Russian president Vladimir Putin took part in the Russian Energy Week held in Moscow earlier this week, and talked about his relationship with his American colleague Donald Trump and North Korea. He also discussed energy sources and electric cars, claiming they are the future, but currently internal combustion vehicles are still better for the environment.
“A motor fuel such as natural gas, in our view, is ultimately much more environmentally friendly than electric cars,” Putin told the media. “One certainly has to move toward renewable sources of energy. But that won’t happen for another 30-year period, and for now we don’t know how that would happen because the technology of utilizing both oil and coal is improving.”
When asked whether he can see himself driving a Tesla model, Putin replied: “Why not? We are open, we buy and sell everything that we consider useful and profitable. So there’s nothing to it. Do you think we’re only going to drive horse-driven carts or tanks? No, we’re no longer doing that.”
During his speech, Russia’s president explained that he likes the “light, fast and efficient” electric cars that he’s been shown during his visitations to the United States and Japan. “I certainly can imagine [buying an electric car]. And I will definitely declare it, addressing those who are scrutinizing my material status.“
Putin is known for his passion for all kinds of cars, including retro Soviet machines. As Bloomberg recalls, he once took former U.S. president George W. Bush for a drive in his classic GAZ-21 at his residence outside Russia’s capital. In 2010, Putin drove a Lada Kalina for more than 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers) to promote an upgraded section of a highway in Russia’s far east.
Vladimir Putin's full speech can be found here.