Ro­man in a £1.5m leccy car shocker!


Daily Star - - News - by OLIVER PRITCHARD oliver.pritchard@dai­

RO­MAN Abramovich has spent over £1.5mil­lion on elec­tric cars for pals in Rus­sia where there are no charg­ing points.

The Chelsea owner bought 20 lux­ury Tesla cars in his home­land for “peo­ple close to him and busi­ness part­ners”.

But the coun­try has no charg­ing points or ser­vice cen­tres for elec­tric cars.

A source close to the oli­garch said: “Abramovich is a big fan of this car, as he is of ev­ery­thing en­vi­ron­ment friendly, in­clud­ing elec­tric trans­porta­tion.

“He was the first to bring it here and started pro­mot­ing it so that sev­eral peo­ple would have them at once.”

The bil­lion­aire im­ported in­ven­tor Elon Musk’s mo­tors de­spite them not be­ing of­fi­cially on sale in the coun­try. Among those said to have re­ceived a car is an art mu­seum director, Fed­er­a­tion of Jewish Com­mu­ni­ties of Rus­sia pres­i­dent, and for­mer Moscow Cul­ture Min­is­ter Sergei Kap­kov. Ac­cord­ing to Tesla’s web­site, there are no charg­ing sta­tions in Rus­sia, but five charg­ing points are “com­ing soon”. Abramovich’s spokesman de­clined to com­ment on the story last night. But a source said while there are no of­fi­cial charg­ing sta­tions, Tesla will be launch­ing them there in the au­tumn. He said that Abramovich had bought 10 Sedan mod­els and not 20 su­per­cars.

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