Tesla Fever has extended far and wide, winning over critics and everyday enthusiasts alike. The company is rapidly expanding its efforts both in its home market and abroad, but for some of its wealthy fans, that move isn't happening quite fast enough.

Dmitry Grishin is one such enthusiast. The 35-year-old multi-millionaire founder of Russia's Mail.ru is a big fan of Elon Musk's operation, so much so, in fact, that he's decided not to wait for sales to begin in the Russian Federation. Instead, he's gone off on his own and simply imported a Model S to get around Moscow.

The acquisition was not easy, as detailed by The Verge, and Grishin's car isn't quite as full-featured as a Model S sold in America – he's forced to use his phone's data connection rather than the car's . But, Grishin clearly has no regrets, spending a total of $180,000 to bring the EV to Moscow. In fact, Grishin has gone so far as to say he'd invest in the American EV manufacturer, if it hastened the brand's arrival in the motherland.

Head over to The Verge and check out the full profile on what must be on of Russia's biggest Tesla fans and his acquisition of the Model S.


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      DeathKnoT
      • 3 Months Ago

      It's not sneaking. You can import whatever you want to Russia as long as you pay the tariffs, recycling fee, and vat.  The price he payed is probably what it will cost in Russia when it goes on sale. You can see f150's, tundras, and 70 series land cruisers, all grey market imported. 

        Weapon
        • 3 Months Ago
        @DeathKnoT

        At the rate the Rubble is dropping vs the dollar, he will probably be able to sell it for more even.

        Daniel
        • 3 Months Ago
        @DeathKnoT

        "Sneak" makes for better click-bait.  This is Aol, you know.  


        Avinash Machado
        • 3 Months Ago
        @DeathKnoT

        Exactly.

      Rochester
      • 3 Months Ago

      Does it come with a built-in dash-cam? 

        Oleg Gorshkov
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Rochester

        Only because of dashcams, you were able to see Chelyabinski meteorite )

        Think about it

      Koenigsegg
      • 3 Months Ago

      red tesla = orgasmic 

      purrpullberra
      • 3 Months Ago

      And now this happy customer will sell dozens of Tesla's, or let it sell itself, to all of his wealthy friends.  Which will lead to more exposure which will lead to more people wanting Tesla's... the trend continues.

      There is no doubt that Tesla will continue to sell each car it makes. Imagine when it's EASY to get a Tesla, how many affordable cars will be sold then?!

      Russia. Is probably too big to cover with Superchargers anytime within the next decade or two but the major cities and the routes between them could be done. 

      Ultimately, I'm just not sure Tesla should officially go to Russia.  Sh1+ be bad between the 2 countries right now and it's only going to get worse for the foreseeable future. 

        Nick Kordich
        • 3 Months Ago
        @purrpullberra

        Over three quarters of the population of Russia lives in western Russia, in one time zone. The most important route to have Superchargers along would be the M10 between St. Petersburg and Moscow, which could be done with just two or three stations. That wouldn't be comprehensive coverage, but I think it would be an important route to have covered - perhaps akin to the I-5 in California.

        I think the important thing will be whether it can be used for a weekend getaway. There's a tradition of having a little place in the country, a dacha, where you're able to spend your vacation. For many small, Soviet-era dachas it may not be convenient to extend the electricity to charge an EV. However, many dachas are being renovated and it shouldn't be too much of a hurdle for early adopters who are seriously considering an EV.

      ugthetallman
      • 3 Months Ago

      Every single one of these I've seen had a dollar store for sale sign on it lololol Don't believe the hype

        jphyundai
        • 3 Months Ago
        @ugthetallman

        You are completely correct, sir. Too much hype in these electric cars. It isn't winter there yet. I pity the poor EV owner in the Russian Winter.

          Oleg Gorshkov
          • 3 Months Ago
          @jphyundai

          There is Tesla S in Syberia already

          And it feels ok, at -40 degrees Celsium

          Little bit smaller range, but it is not a problem

      jphyundai
      • 3 Months Ago

      This will be a good example of 57% less range in extreme cold.

      Oleg Gorshkov
      • 3 Months Ago

      Actually, in 2013, in Russia, there were big tax on EV cars - 49%

      If he bought Tesla for ~$100.000, he should pay ~$49.000, only in taxes

      But in 2014, this tax is only 0%

      p.s. Tesla S already in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and even in poor Kyrgyzstan

      MistyGreen
      • 3 Months Ago

      He's really gonna miss having a local service place though..

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