1,000 Electric Cars to Join Iran Transport Fleet Next Month: Deputy Minister

1,000 Electric Cars to Join Iran Transport Fleet Next Month: Deputy Minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran plans to design and manufacture localized electric vehicles by 2025 in cooperation with knowledge-based companies and domestic auto manufacturing firms, the deputy minister of industry, mine and trade for the general industries said.

Manufacturing electric cars is not a new idea as this issue was raised 10 years ago at the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, Manouchehr Manteghi said.

He added that some 1,000 electric cars will enter the transportation fleet of the country as of the next month of the current Iranian calendar year (to start on October 22).

Turning to the infrastructures needed for electric cars, Manteghi pointed out that 15 stations, equipped with 78 charging devices, have thus far been launched across the country.

The deputy industry minister went on to say that designing and manufacturing domestic electric cars have been put on the agenda of the ministry and will be carried out in cooperation with competent knowledge-based companies and domestic and international auto manufacturing companies.

Back in August, Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Abbas Aliabadi said that Iranian automotive companies had accelerated their plans to manufacture electric cars.

Aliabadi said, however, that the country would not wait for a scale-up in domestic manufacturing of EVs, adding that imports would also increase to respond to the growing demand for such vehicles in the country.

He said that Iran’s energy sector stands to benefit from the expansion of EV infrastructure, adding that using EV’s would also be very economical for the Iranian motorists.  

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