CEO of Russian oil company Rosneft Igor Sechin called electric cars threat to environment


The head of the largest Russian oil company Rosneft explained why the ‘green’ transport is more harmful than cars with gasoline engines.

During his speech at the 10th Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona, the top manager of Rosneft stated that ‘coal generation’ is used to generate electricity, and causes great harm to the environment. In addition, Sechin recalled that the world is still to figure out how to make and recycle electric motors and batteries safely, and also noted that there are questions to the longevity, capacity and reliability of batteries.

“Would not it be better for regulators to focus more on not limiting the use of internal combustion engines and non-economic measures to abandon them, but on accelerating the decline in the share of coal generation, and expanding the use of more environment-friendly sources of energy, like natural gas or nuclear energy?” Sechin suggested.

Earlier it was reported that by the results of seven months of 2017, the demand for ‘green’ cars in Russia grew by 18%. From January to July this year, 39 electric cars were sold in the country, of which 70% (27 pieces) are models of the Tesla brand. In addition, there we sold 8 Nissan Leafs, 3 Renault Twizys, and one Mitsubishi i-MiEV.