Iran is getting ready to follow China's moves and try to reduce air pollution by bringing in more alterantive powertrain vehicles. As Iran's largest automaker, Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) will contribute to that goal by introducing the Runna plug-in hybrid car.

Iran Khodro Powertrain Co. (IPCO) has finished designing and developing parts and components for the Runna hybrid for IKCO. IKCO will field-test the car in Tehran this summer as part of the "National hybrid car project" sponsored by the Industrial Development and Renovation Organiztion of Iran.

IKCO thinks the Runna will be ideal for crowded, polluted cities like Tehran. It has a small, "made in Iran" combustion engine that comes in three- and four-cylinder variants. The Runna will be powered by a type of hybrid system that combines a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric propulsion system. The electric motor can move the car between 70 and 80 kilometers (about 43 to 50 miles) on a single charge and help the Runna reach a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour (about 75 miles per hour). IKCO thinks the hybrid Runna powertrain could be ideal for urban traffic and might even be applicable to Iran's public transportation system, according to the FARS News Agency.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Iran's big move has been to go heavily into natural gas vehicles. They have a lot of natural gas and the more vehicles they switch to natural gas, the more oil they can export . . . if the can get past the sanctions.
        • 8 Months Ago
        And not bad range if they can actually do it. The Iranians love to fluff their capabilities, but it would be nice to see if they could get that range.
      • 8 Months Ago
      That sounds like my first car, although that was a slightly different model, the 'BarelyARunna'.
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      • 8 Months Ago
      You guys need to run spell check. alterantive Organiztion
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's a little more than "hybridization" when they say... "electric motor can move the car between 70 and 80 kilometers (about 43 to 50 miles) on a single charge..." That's a PHEV or EREV depending on exact design.
      • 8 Months Ago
      "Iran is getting ready to follow China's moves and try to reduce air pollution by bringing in more alterantive powertrain vehicles." What I know of Iran's nationalized oil industry says this is a pretty little lie. They have *other* problems to deal with when it comes to burning gas, and pollution isn't really one of them. Number one is the fact that because their oil industry is nationalized, and the price of distilled gasoline on sale at home is *way* below market value, no one wants to sell gas there. And nobody is going to invest money in repairing or upgrading current refineries to keep gas flowing. So as a result, there's a wee shortage of domestically made gasoline. That means there's an actual shortage, or they have to import it, in spite of the fact that they're exporting oil. Number two is the other side of that same coin. If you can buy gas at $0.37 a litre and sell it at $1.00 a litre on the other side of the border, there's a bit of money to be made in a single tanker truck full of gas. Oh, and they might just end up importing it all over again. Coincidentally, privatizing the oil industry (or otherwise raising the price of gas) is likely to, at best, get you un-elected in short order. There's already plenty of reason for the people to be pissed at the government there, and quadrupling the price of a tank of gas overnight would be like, uh, throwing gas on the fire. Number three is the fact that Iran, like many oil-producing states, uses oil to generate electricity. The more they burn at home, the less they export. If you've ever wondered why Iran wants to build nuclear power plants, this is the big reason why. The possibility of building nuclear weapons is, if anything, secondary to this. So in the end, in spite of how Iran exports oil by the boatload, it's all about energy security to them. Especially when they're forced to say "Okay, *fine*, we *won't* build nuclear power plants".
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