November 2, 2020. Major local carmaker Iran Khodro (IKCO), in collaboration with Iran Taxi Union (ITU), is replacing 40,000 dilapidated taxis with compressed natural gas (CNG)-hybrid vehicles with Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards.

A joint initiative of Iran Taxi Union and IKCO, the scheme is aimed at curbing the worrying air pollution in Iranian metropolises: Tehran, Mashhad, Hamedan and Isfahan, while reducing gasoline consumption.

Morteza Zameni, the head of ITU, said the scheme features two IKCO sedan models, namely Samand EF7 and Peugeot 405.

Zameni noted that the ultimate goal is to replace 10,000 old taxis by the current Iranian yearend (March 2021). “The sustainability of efforts strongly depends on vehicle prices, state loans and the automaker’s output,” he said.

According to the head of ITU, 192,000 dilapidated vehicles are operating in the country’s big cities.