Iran Aims To Get 400,000 Electric Motorcycles On Its Roads To Reduce Pollution

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 18

Random Road In Iran

Random Road In Iran

Tehran

Tehran

In an effort to reduce air pollution, Iran aims to get 400,000 electric motorcycles and 140 hybrid taxis on its road under a plan support by the…Oil Ministry.

That’s according to Nosratollah Seifi, the managing director of the Iran Fuel Conservation Company (IFCC). Seifi adds:

“Due to incomplete combustion, some motorcycles pollute the air four times as much as automobiles.”

The goal in Iran is to have the 400,000 electric motorcycles and 140 hybrid taxis be domestically built.  The hybrid taxis can be sourced from outside countries, though it seems Iran will handle production of all 400,000 electric motorcycles.

Per the source article:

“According to ‘Tehran Times’, Seifi stated that some production companies have held talks on manufacturing electric motorcycles with officials of the Ministry of Industry and Mines and the Interior Ministry, adding that if the plan is implemented, a manufacturer will receive $300 for each electric motorbike it produces.”

In Tehran, the capital of Iran, only motorcycles powered by battery will be allowed on the streets once this plan is put in place.

The plan still must be approved by Iran’s Economic Council and then implemented.

Source: Business Recorder

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18 responses to "Iran Aims To Get 400,000 Electric Motorcycles On Its Roads To Reduce Pollution"

  1. Mr. M says:

    Only electric motorcycles, thats great!

  2. Mikael says:

    Brilliant. There is no need for motorcycles and mopeds to be anything but electric anywhere.

    1. Brian says:

      You obviously are not a rider. In the northeastern US, there are a few big motorcycle gatherings, perhaps the largest of which is in Laconia, NH. People come from literally hundreds to a thousand miles around for this gathering. In today’s world, that is very difficult to impossible to do on an electric motorcycle.

      On the other hand, once a quick charging network is in place, motorcycles can recharge at an insanely high “miles/hour” rate due to their high efficiency. Combined with the need to get off the bike every couple of hours (most bikes are not fun to sit on for hundreds of miles at a time), they are indeed well suited for electric.

      1. Mikael says:

        Then it’s a “want” not a “need”. 🙂 99% of all motorcycles/mopeds are used for short commutes out of necessity.

        But even for wants, as I agree with you, the fast charging and high efficiency and natural need (and want) for breaks makes it perfect.
        Only real thing missing for that are the chargers.

        1. ClarksonCote says:

          The other thing that would concern me in the US is the lack of noise. Motorcycles are already small and hard to see. From a safety perspective, the louder noise is the only thing they have going for them to help prevent a person from side swiping ou.

          1. Mikael says:

            Boombox + 10 hours of Nyan cat out of the speakers will do the trick 🙂

          2. Jesse Gurr says:

            I think that is a myth. I drive a lot on the freeway. I usually don’t even hear the motorcycle until it is right next to me. Then it scares the crap out of me because it is so loud. So, no, I don’t think more noise is going to help. Unless they have one of those fog horns and blast it all the time.

            1. Djoni says:

              +10
              I don’t know how people really think that noise is a collision avoidance option to have.
              I’ve ride myself many motocycles for long hour in and out of traffic and the only thing that save my life, many time, is my brain and carefull observation of other behavior.
              I’m still alive and well, but many loud running motorcyclist ain’t.

        2. Brian says:

          ok, then by that definition, there is no “need” for most people to own anything that burns gasoline at all. There are alternatives for lawn equipment. Most Volt owners could own a Leaf instead. Want to drive farther? Well that’s a want, not a need! Either rent a car or take mass transit!

          Your definition of “want” versus “need” is so strict that it is useless.

          1. Mikael says:

            Not at all. Most cars are used mainly for a purpose other than recreational.

            I’m sure some of the riders you talked about also use their bikes as their main transportation vehicle but I’m pretty sure that most of them have other vehicles and basically almost only use the bike as recreational.

            And that group is so small that it’s barely noticable anyway.

            My point was really that all those mopeds/MC’s that are used mainly for transportation to and from work with the family and groceries within a city or around a village or so (which are almost all of them on a global scale) could and should be electric.
            Just like the almost already are in places like china where somewhere around 200-400 million electric bikes/mopeds/MC’s are already on the streets.
            And like it could and should be in places like Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and in this case Iran.

            But I like your thought about lawn equipment anyway. That’s an area were you could ban most non-electric things.
            Not only for the global environment but for the local and your own well-being.
            I just love sitting drinking a beer and watching my electric robot lawn mower do all the work in almost silence. It’s one of the best investments I have ever made.

            1. Brian says:

              I mostly agree with you. I just take issue with the absolute nature of your original comment: “There is no need for motorcycles and mopeds to be anything but electric anywhere.” That is a pretty iron-clad statement.

              Regarding lawn equipment, I don’t have a robot, but I do use an electric mower. I love the smell of fresh-cut grass. It is even better when not overpowered by unfiltered gasoline fumes! Many people have asked me about mowing over the cord. My response is, you’d have to be pretty stupid / oblivious to do that. Besides, mow AWAY from the outlet, and the cord sits in mowed grass. I don’t have a habit of mowing the same patch of grass over and over.

              1. Jesse Gurr says:

                Or you could have a battery powered lawn mower like I have. It works really well for the small lawn I have. After about a half hour there is still 2/3 battery power left. Quieter and just about as powerful as my old gas mower and has no maintenance. Plus my wife doesn’t get sick from the gasoline fumes when it sat in the garage. No complaints about fresh cut grass stench! 😀

              2. Mikael says:

                You are right, I should have expressed myself a bit differently to start with. 🙂

    2. gsned57 says:

      The cost needs to come down a lot and range go up a bit before I could go with that. I’ve been eyeing a Zero DS for years but can’t justify the 13K new price and the used market is still very small. Once Yamaha and Polaris get serious I could see electric bikes being cost competative without subsidies to gas bikes and then it’s game over. It’s a much smaller battery than you have in a car and the electric motor isn’t terribly expensive. There are soooo many parts you don’t need when you go electric it’ll just take scale to bring the cost down.

      All that being said I can’t see buying anything from Iran. Heck I want to get off gas/oil to have their #1 export crash.

      1. Brian says:

        I’m not sure where you live, but I believe the US has imposed strict sanctions on Iran. You couldn’t buy something from them if you wanted to. The only think I could imagine buying from them anyway is a nice Persian rug…

        Besides, this article is about Iran putting electric motorcycles on their own roads, not selling them to the world.

  3. vadik_veselovsky says:

    Iran is talking scooters, which is a bona fide city transportation and has very little to do with motor cycles.

  4. David says:

    Interesting that countries in the middle east, where gasoline is cheap and plentiful (<$1/gal) government leaders take pollution seriously. Makes us look pretty lame (U.S.)
    I hadn't heard of this Laconia Bike Rally – I've made the trek from CA to Sturgis (on a gas-powered bike), but I prefer to ride my electric bikes when possible. Soon EV technology will allow cross-country EV bike riding. (Zero will announce their new 2015 line-up on September 30th).

  5. jerryd says:

    It’s not just pollution. Iran is running out of oil and trying to save what’s left for export $.
    They have already cut their subsidies on fuel to cut waste and these seem to be another step in that.