Iran, soon after eliminating the tariffs on the imports of electric cars and hybrids, has reportedly imported its first electric car. Homayoun Haeri, managing director of Iran Power Generation Transmission & Distribution Management Company has been quoted as saying that the unspecified model reached Tehran via 17 countries.
The car has a range of 62 miles, and can fully charge in 4.5 to 5 hours at a cost of just 4,000 rials (about 12 to 16 cents, depending on the exchange rate).
According to the specs given out, the car has to be a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which offers the stated 62-mile range, or perhaps a rebadged version from one of France’s automakers – Citroën has the C-Zero and Peugeot has the iOn, both based on the i-MiEV.
In response to economic sanctions against the country, and also in an effort to reduce air pollution, Iran has gone for alternative powertrains such as hybrids and natural gas vehicles.
The country is promoting the use of more electric vehicles by easing import laws as well as improving its power sources. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the country will in the future electrify more of its vehicles.
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