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Tehran to accelerate electrification of transport fleet

Tehran plans to add 50,000 electric cars and 200,000 electric motorbikes to its fleet until March.

Iran’s ministry of industries (MIMT) has committed to supply some 50,000 electric cars and some 200,000 electric motorbikes to the intracity transportation fleet in the capital Tehran until March.

The commitment was announced on Monday in a meeting between MIMT minister Abbas Aliabadi and Tehran Mayor Alirerza Zakani where the two reached an initial agreement on a plan to electrify the transport fleet in Tehran.

The plan will focus in its first phase on Tehran’s central and southern regions, including the densely populated districts around the Grand Bazaar, according to a report by the IRNA news agency which said that some 5,000 slow and fast charging stations will be built across the city to provide services to electric taxis and motorbikes.

As part of the plan, Tehran’s municipality will provide funding for imports and manufacturing of some 150,000 electric motorbikes.

Aliabadi, who took charge of MIMT only last month, said that electrification of Iran’s transport system would be a top priority of the ministry under his leadership.

He said the government will increase its support for the electrification project by easing curbs on imports of electric vehicles.

Before becoming a minister, Aliabadi supervised a series of transport electrification projects in Iran’s largest energy engineering company MAPNA where he served as CEO of the company for nearly 14 years.

“We can proudly say that the movement to electrify Tehran’s transport system has started today,” he said in the meeting with Tehran municipality officials, adding that Iran’s ministries of interior, oil and energy will also contribute to the major project to expand Tehran’s transportation fleet until March.

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