TEHRAN -- Iran plans to place 400,000 electric motorcycles and 140,000 hybrid taxi cabs on the market as part of a plan backed by the Oil Ministry to help protect the environment, the managing director of the Iran Fuel Conservation Company said on Saturday.
IFCC Managing Director Nosratollah Seifi elaborated on the government’s plan to get 400,000 motorcycles that use gasoline off the road and replace them with 400,000 electric motorcycles, saying, “Due to incomplete combustion, some motorcycles pollute the air four times as much as automobiles.”
Seifi stated that some production companies have held talks on the production of electric motorcycles with officials of the Industry and Mines Ministry and the Interior Ministry, adding that if the plan is implemented, a manufacturer will receive $300 for each electric motorbike it produces.
He said that once the plan is implemented, only electric motorcycles will be allowed on the streets of central Tehran.
He went on to say that the Iran Fuel Conservation Company also has a plan to retire 140 taxi cabs that use gasoline and replace them with 140 hybrid or CNG-powered taxi cabs.
However, the CNG-powered vehicles must be able to travel 400 kilometers on a full tank of fuel in order to be covered by the plan, whereas the vehicles currently being used can only travel 150 kilometers on a full tank of fuel.
He noted that the plan devised by the IFCC must be approved by Iran’s Economic Council and implemented by the relevant organizations.
Measures have been taken to provide domestic companies the technical expertise necessary to manufacture electric cars, and test production is scheduled to begin in a few months, Seifi said.
And if hybrid cars cannot be produced domestically, they can be imported, he stated.
In addition, the manufacturer will receive $6000 for each vehicle produced, he said.
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