A lack of developed infrastructure, together with inactivity on the part of municipal authorities and the fallout from the pandemic
Overall, the transport industry suffered greatly [as a result of the pandemic – ed.]. This is particularly true of airlines. Indeed, they sustained a drop in profits to the tune of almost 80%. Essentially, air travel ground to a halt. Even the most developed nations are experiencing problems, including those related to low vaccination rates. Overall, the transport industry has recovered to a degree; however, problems still exist — Ayed Al-Qahtani, Director, Research Division, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Infrastructure does not just encompass petrol stations, but parking areas and many other things that specialists should consider — Anton Rubtsov, Director of Oil Refining and Gas Complex Department, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.
At a working level, if we speak about the municipalities and specific leasing companies – not much is being done. Local authorities do not have any programmes in place to allocate land for electric charging stations. Currently about 10% of our network consists of locations we acquired via Russia’s state services portal. We have been forced to look at the remaining stations from a commercial point of view... We are treated as a commercial client, but we are only able to pay a nominal amount of a few thousand roubles. As a result, we are left with no option other than to refuse. <…> The most glaring example of this was in Kamchatka, where we were offered [to rent – ed.] land for a station for RUB 50,000 per month — Dmitriy Belyaev, General Director, Hydroinvest; Director of Strategic Transactions Department, RusHydro.