Soon after eliminating tariffs on the import of and electric vehicles and many hybrids, Iran has reportedly imported its first electric car to the country. According to Homayoun Haeri, managing director of Iran Power Generation Transmission & Distribution Management Company, the unspecified model came from Paris to Tehran via 17 countries.

The imported car, Haeri says, 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). The announcement also served as an opportunity to remind the public that Iran will be restarting its Bushehr nuclear power plant, which will save fuel and provide electricity to the region.

Iran's first electric car could 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 recent years, Iran has moved toward alternative powertrains such as hybrids and natural gas vehicles, partially in response to economic sanctions against the country, and also in an effort to reduce air pollution. With Iran easing its import laws, producing more of its own electricity and trying to stir up competition in its ailing domestic automotive industry, don't be surprised to see the nation further embrace electrification of its vehicles.


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      tenspeeder
      • 6 Months Ago
      Haven't the Iranian people suffered enough?
      kebhariads
      • 5 Months Ago
      This electrical vehicle will progress in market for his technology.
      NestT
      • 6 Months Ago
      I am sure the Ayatollahs want the nuclear power plant to serve BEVs and not for spent fuel to create nuclear weapons.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 6 Months Ago
        @NestT
        I really wonder what our government was thinking when we built them that nuclear power plant under the atoms for peace program.
          Spec
          • 6 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          We were thinking "This dictator is great. OK, he represses their people and he us unelected . . . but he sells us a lot of cheap oil. Sure . . . have a nuclear plant." Our addiction to oil gets us into all sorts of trouble.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 6 Months Ago
      Cool. Opening up the market will only be good for the country. Now if they can avoid being blown to smithereens by an USA government that wants to get in everyone's business, they may actually see the benefit.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 6 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        And we were just talking about going to war with them last year. War is keeping that region poor..
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 6 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        With what is happening in Iraq right now. We don't need much to set off higher gas prices around the world due to anticipation of less oil flowing from countries that may erupt at any moment. Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses. Evil minds that plot destruction, sorcerers of death's construction. In the fields the bodies burning, as the war machine keeps turning. Death and hatred to mankind, poisoning their brainwashed minds...Oh lord yeah Now in darkness, world stops turning, as you hear the bodies burning. No more war pigs of the power, hand of god has struck the hour. Day of judgement, god is calling, on their knees the war pigs crawling. Begging mercy for their sins, Satan, laughing, spreads his wings...Oh lord, yeah!
        Spec
        • 6 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Actually, we might soon be fighting WITH Iranians against ISIS.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 6 Months Ago
      Omani, he don't like it.... Rock the casaba, rock the Casaba...