Tehran Municipality and MAPNA Electric & Control Engineering & Manufacturing Company (MECO) signed a contract to construct 15 electric vehicle charging stations on Monday, July 31, 2023.
Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade Abbas Aliabadi was present at the ceremony, which was held at the Ministry and also attended by several other officials including Tehran Mayor Alireza Zakani.
Under the contract, MECO will install and operate 73 EV chargers at 15 locations in Tehran, including 23 fast-charging DC chargers and 50 AC chargers. These chargers will be open to the public in late August.
This contract is the first phase of a larger project to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Tehran. The second and third phases, which are expected to be completed by the early 2024, will involve the installation of 5,000 EV chargers produced by MECO.
According to experts and research, about 80% of air pollution in Tehran is caused by vehicles. Electrification of urban transportation is seen as an effective means of reducing air pollution in the city.
The new management of Tehran Municipality has taken steps to promote electric transportation in the city, including cooperation with MAPNA Group.
EVs are becoming more popular globally, but they are still relatively new to the Iranian market. Like in other parts of the world, there are several challenges to the growth of the EV market in Iran, including the need for diverse technological developments in power equipment, electric motors, control systems, and batteries. However, one of the biggest concerns is the development of the necessary infrastructure for recharging these vehicles. To address this issue, MAPNA Group has undertaken a mission that involves producing EV conversion kits and building electric vehicle charging stations (EVCSs). MAPNA launched Iran’s first EV charging station back in May 2019 in the capital Tehran.