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What a coincidence. Iranian strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently removed government subsidies on gasoline, causing prices to quadruple overnight. This week, Iran Khodro Company (IKCO), the region's largest automaker, has announced its future models will incorporate micro hybrid (ie. start/stop) and mild hybrid technology. In fact, the first 200 units of their Samand El Microhybrid X are planned to be released onto the market later this month.

The move is part of a 20-year strategic plan by IKCO that will also see their production rise from the 688,000 units it did last year to 1.5 million by 2025. It is hoped that the micro hybrids will see a ten percent reduction in fuel consumption while the upcoming changes to platforms could see savings of 20 percent. Although no all-electric models were mentioned, they did produce at least one battery-powered Samand last February.

While efficiency increases through technology are definitely welcome, one can't help but notice the effect on fuel consumption these past few weeks due it higher prices. In the few short weeks since Ahmadinejad started redistributing the money for gas subsidies to the people, the country has seen a 20 percent decline in gallons pumped.

[Source: PressTV / IKCO / Las Vegas Sun]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, fuel priced quadrupled overnight. That is crazy, I wonder what the effects are going to be like. I wonder if they will have riots.

      I wonder if they are thinking about conservation, or maybe Saudi Arabia isn't giving them kickbacks anymore.

      Too many questions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Problems all over the place in both production and refining.
        Whatever their desire to produce weapons, they are not kidding when they say they need nuclear power to for civil purposes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        From the Las Vegas Sun article, they were paying 38 cents/gal and are now paying $1.50/gal for the first 15 gal/month. Past that they pay $2.70/gal.

        Iran is one of the top producers of crude oil, but they don't have much refining capacity. The UN sanctions seem to be having an effect.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is it because they don't have an easy source of coal?
        And no cash ( yeah right.............. ) to invest in solar?
        • 4 Years Ago
        2 Wheeled Menace:
        No coal -yep.
        solar - that is still an expensive hobby, even in the best areas, rather than an energy source, at least for medium developed countries like Iran.
        They neither have the very low needs of, say, rural Africa, nor the income of Saudis to spend on currently very expensive energy sources.
        Solar thermal MIGHT be different, but still does not run, yet at least, at good scale at reasonable cost - the Spanish plants energy is vastly expensive.
        Residential solar thermal is fine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @menace

        you know for David Matrin there is no cleaner and safer thing than going NUCLEAR.
        What are 100.000 years.

        So on every second post I read from him about the glorious days that are lying ahed of us If the whole world will build nice reactors.
        The fact thah eg Germany and France are dumping their waste in Russia is irrelevant.

        So you too should get some waste.
        Keeps you warm in the winter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $2.70 for anymore than 15 gal/month!? We should send them pictures of our gas prices with notes like sucks to be you and our condolences regarding your elections. As vague as possible so that it makes it past the gov't censorship office.

      As if the redistribution of wealth to the "people" wasn't anything else but a move to assuage the anger over the elections.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Obviously the way to reduce American dependence on oil imports is to allow Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to run for President!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Ahmadinejad started redistributing the money for gas subsidies to the people"

      Why not Obama does the same here in the US?
      It seems like a good plan for the people :^)

        • 4 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace

        +1 !
        • 4 Years Ago
        ..seriously.

        how about we stop subsidizing things and put it into infrastructure. If you can't pay the real cost of fuel, then go get a bicycle, or some other efficient form of transport.

        It will be better for everyone in the long run.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't this the 150hp car that gets about 20mpg? Terrible for a four-cylinder engine.

      Please correct me if I'm wrong - what are the actual stats for the standard Khodro Soren elx?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I told you then when someone will start to drive an owned free fuel car that something weird will be done by petrol cartel, now they 4x the price of fuel in a region. I hope they will stop any expenditures toward gm, ford, chrysler, fiat, volkwagen, bmw, mercedes, porsche, audi, peugeot, aston-martin, ferrari, nissan, toyota, honda, daihashu, suzuki, yamaha, kawasaki, harley-davidson, ducati, bennelli, bmw motorcycles, bridd and stratton, caterpillar, cessna airplanes, lamborgnini, toro snowblowers, bombardier jet airplanes, boieng jet airplanes, etc.

      They can also begin to build their own electric cars, why wait gm, ford, chrysler, fiat, volkwagen, bmw, mercedes, porsche, audi, peugeot, aston-martin, ferrari, nissan, toyota, honda, daihashu, suzuki, yamaha, kawasaki, harley-davidson, ducati, bennelli, bmw motorcycles, bridd and stratton, caterpillar, cessna airplanes, lamborgnini, toro snowblowers, bombardier jet airplanes, boieng jet airplanes, etc to do so ? Do ther produce free fuel cars, no, then just bypass them ? Electric technology is easier to inplement then fossil fuel technology, even gm, ford, chrysler, fiat, volkwagen, bmw, mercedes, porsche, audi, peugeot, aston-martin, ferrari, nissan, toyota, honda, daihashu, suzuki, yamaha, kawasaki, harley-davidson, ducati, bennelli, bmw motorcycles, bridd and stratton, caterpillar, cessna airplanes, lamborgnini, toro snowblowers, bombardier jet airplanes, boieng jet airplanes, etc. have difficulties implementing fossil fuel technology ?? think about it , harsch transmissions, noisy, vibration, can't operate inside the house, gasoline smell when refueling, weight, difficult to brake, small heater in winter even costly cars like caddillac, lincoln and mercedes that need minimum 5 minutes to produce heat to defrost the windshield to go onto the highway, etc, etc.

      gm, ford, chrysler, fiat, volkwagen, bmw, mercedes, porsche, audi, peugeot, aston-martin, ferrari, nissan, toyota, honda, daihashu, suzuki, yamaha, kawasaki, harley-davidson, ducati, bennelli, bmw motorcycles, bridd and stratton, caterpillar, cessna airplanes, lamborgnini, toro snowblowers, bombardier jet airplanes, boieng jet airplanes, etc. just don't have anything interresting to sale like exxon, shell, total, texaco, chevron too. They are now forgotten dinosors like their subsidies, usa goverment, british goverment, canadian goverment, iran goverment, arms traders, news agencies, subsidies businessmans, pills dealers, academics communities, hollywood tv and films workers, etc, etc.





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