Iran Drops Import Tax on Electric Cars and Hybrids

As reported in an article from the Tehran Times website, Iran has scrapped import tax on all electric and hybrid cars that have less than a 2500cc engine.

The move is to “to boost domestic production and make the auto industry competitive” again after the administration of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad increased car import duties to as much as 90 per cent in 2013. This resulted in, various people believe, in a deterioration of quality in the Iranian and allowed three major car manufacturers form an effective monopoly between them.

Will this change see more people driving electric and hybrid cars in Iran?

Will this change see more people driving electric and hybrid cars in Iran?

This is the first time Iran has dropped import duty on electric and hybrid cars and comes following an declaration from Iranian MP Ali Alilou who said that Iran is planning to drop all import tax on all vehicles within two years.

Many countries provide incentives for purchasing electric or plug-in vehicles over others, from the various Government and State level incentives in the US, to the UK Government grant all the way to Norway not charging purchase tax on the purchase of an zero emissions vehicle.

What do you think of Iran’s decision to drop import tax on electric and hybrid vehicles before that of traditionally powered vehicles? Let us know below.

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  • Greener

    Bravo Iran!

  • u010eakujem

    Interesting. For some reason I didn’t expect such an oil producer to be interested in electric cars. Some factoids I dug up: n”While Iran has the seventh-cheapest gas price, low wages increase the pain felt at the pump. The average daily income in Iran is $18. The share of a day’s wages needed to buy a gallon of gas is 16 percent.”

  • Keyvan Tabrizi

    For large and air polluted city this type of vehicle is needed, therefore I am all for it…