Iran is planning to convert around 10 million motorbikes into e-motorcycles. in a bid to further reduce gas consumption in the country and contain air pollution in mega cities like Tehran. according to Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh.
Motavalizadeh. who heads state-run electricity company Tavanir. said that the large-scale electrification scheme would reduce fuel costs incurred on owners of the motorbikes and scoters in Iran by 10 times while it would help curb pollution and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
He added the government had also endorsed a plan for replacing around two million swamp coolers with low-energy devices across Iran.
The implementation of this scheme would lead to a significant saving of electricity in the country. said Motavalizadeh.
The official did not elaborate on any timetable for electrification of motorbikes and scooters. However. other reports suggested that at least three million such vehicles would be replaced with brand-new electric ones in the next two years.
The reports said that only 300.000 motorbikes in Tehran. a city with more than two million motorbikes and scooters. needed to be electrified in the near future as the city grapples with high levels of pollution. especially during the autumn months.
Two-wheelers account for more than a third of all vehicles in Iran. according to a police report in August which put the number of all motorbikes. scooters and mopeds in the country at 11.65 million.
There is no plan for a large-scale electrification in Iranian car industry. at least for the near future.
The government said in November that motorbikes were responsible for more than a third of pollution in large cities while insisting that the quality of gasoline produced in the country complies with the latest global standards.
Last month. it was announced that Iranian motorists are now consuming 75.5 million liters a day which is 15.9 percent lower than the figures from corresponding period in the last year. displaying that the gas price hike scheme implemented in November is fruiting good results.
A senior Oil Ministry official Amir Vakilzadeh said that the total gas pumped into cars across the country had decreased to 75.5 million liters a day on average in the month ending December 21. 2019.
Vakilzadeh added that the figure shows a reduction of 15.9 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
The official. who serves as the CEO of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC). said daily gas consumption could have reached nearly 100 million liters a day in the beginning of the next Iranian calendar year in March if price hikes had not been implemented in November.
Vakilzadeh said consumption had grown by 6.1 percent year-on-year before the fuel price hikes were announced on November 15 to reach an average of 94.4 million liters a day.
In Mid-November. Iran increased the price of gas overnight while it imposed a cap on the use of the fuel with regular price of 15.000 rials ($0.12) per liter.