‘We don’t drive carts or tanks!’ Putin says he can imagine himself buying Tesla car
When asked by a journalist whether he could see himself buying a Tesla car, Putin replied: "Why not?" The Russian leader was speaking during the plenary session at the Russian Energy Week.
“We are open, we buy and sell – we buy everything that is useful for us, and sell everything that is profitable. Therefore, there is nothing special about it. Do you think that we will only drive carts – or tanks? No, we don’t drive carts anymore,” he said, RIA Novosti reports.
And Putin certainly seems to know his stuff when it comes to the latest eco-friendly motor technology.
“Our [Russian] manufacturers, who dream about electric vehicle production, have shown me some of these cars. I’m familiar with American, Asian – in particular Japanese – electric car manufacturers,” he said, adding that he has experience of driving such vehicles.
Praising their fast, efficient and maneuverable nature, Putin added: “I like these vehicles, especially the modern ones.
“They are very good for cities because we don’t need emissions in places where lots of people live. But I think that natural gas vehicle fuel is more eco-friendly at the moment.”
Tesla was founded in 2003 with a mission to create electric vehicles that “can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars.”