Ariel Schwartz

The Next Revolution: Iran Gets its First Electric Car

by , 09/08/09

sustainable design, green design, transportation, electric vehicle, ev, electric car, iran, better place

Outside of Israel and Shai Agassi’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure company Better Place, the Middle East doesn’t have much of an electric car industry. That might change soon now that a team of Iranian scientists from Tehran’s Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology have developed the country’s first EV, a mini two-seater called “Qasedak-e Nasir”, or the dandelion of Nasir.

sustainable design, green design, transportation, electric vehicle, ev, electric car, iran, phev

The steel car, which was built in just 10 months by a 14-person team of students and graduates, was originally constructed for a competition at Sharif University, but the team ultimately decided that it was worth designing it for real-world use on city streets.

Like other plug-in EVs, the car is powered completely by an on-board battery pack. As might be expected from a vehicle built in under a year, the Qasedak-e Nasir lacks the flashiness of electric cars like the Tesla Model S or the Roadster. And in reality, the car is more like a low-speed neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) than a full-fledged EV — it has a top speed of 50 mph and an average speed of 15 mph.

But the vehicle is nonetheless impressive, if for no other reason than its status as the first EV to come out of a country that is economically reliant on its status as a major oil producer. When a country that has the world’s third largest supply of oil reserves starts to pay attention to electric vehicle technology, it’s time for all of us to pay attention.

+ Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology

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3 Comments

  1. Tehran Shut Down Due to... December 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    [...] told to stay at home if possible to avoid the “eye stinging” yellow cloud, no wonder Iran is totally on board with the electric vehicle movement — they’re going to need to go green soon or this smog just might consume [...]

  2. sprintermatt September 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

    hoodscoop=10 extra mpg!

  3. Dead_Unicorns September 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    This thing looks like most high school student vehicles. It lacks only under glow lighting and an “S” type badge.

    How will it have an obnoxiously noisy exhaust system? Speakers perhaps?

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