Iran's IKCO intends to import electric vehicles manufactured by China's Dongfeng

Iran's largest automaker, IKCO, has announced that it will import a first batch of electric cars (EVs) purchased from China's Dongfeng Motor.

Iran (IMNA) -IKCO CEO Alimardan Azimi stated on Monday that the company's EV imports will total 6,000 units until the end of the Iranian calendar year in late March 2024.

Azimi told IRIB News that the majority of the EVs will be Dongfeng models, but that shipments will also include a model from China's Haima Automobile.

He also stated that the Iran Khodro Company intends to import several hybrid vehicles in order to comply with government fuel standards.

The news comes only days after more than a dozen EV charging stations were unveiled in Tehran, Iran's capital.

The event was part of a cooperative effort between Iran's Ministry of Industries (MIMT) and the Tehran Municipality to increase the usage of electric vehicles (EVs) in the city.

Until March, the initiative aims to add 200,000 electric motorbikes and 50,000 electric automobiles to Tehran's inner-city transportation network.

The MIMT has also required local carmakers in Iran, notably IKCO and competitor Saipa, to include at least one EV vehicle in their product lineup in the fiscal year ending March 2025.

The initiatives are part of an effort to modernize the Iranian automobile sector and help curb the country's expanding demand for motor fuels.

On peak travel days this summer, Iran's daily usage of gasoline reached around 150 million liters, a considerable increase from the peak demand reported last year.

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