Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Air Quality

LG & Iran To Cooperate On Electric Vehicles … Probably

The trading branch of the South Korean firm LG, LG International Corporation, has signed a new tentative agreement with the government of Iran that will see the two cooperate for the development of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure, according to recent reports.

The new project will be overseen jointly by LG International and the government of Iran, reportedly. Associated LG firms — LG Chem, LG Electronics, LG Innotek, etc — will work on specific technologies to be used by the partnership.

LG Chem logo

These include: the development of relevant electric vehicle (EV) batteries and motors as well as various other parts, according to LG International (as quoted by the Iranian Mehr News Agency).

As part of the new agreement (as reported in The Chosun Ilbo), LG International will develop at least 20 EVs for the Iranian auto manufacturer Khodro by the year 2018. The agreement will also see LG develop a number of EV charging stations in the country’s capital of Tehran — which is presumably where the developed EVs will primarily be sold (Tehran is currently home to very high levels of air pollution).

While not much else has been publicly revealed about the deal, it is known that the aim is for EV production of around 60,000 units a year by the year 2023.

The deal is expected to be finalized before the end of 2016.

The primary motivation behind the deal would presumably be as a means of dealing with the country’s growing air-pollution problems (which are at their worst in Tehran, which is surrounded by mountains), but reasons pertaining to oil consumption may factor in as well (the less that’s used internally, the more that can be exported, etc).

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.


Support our work today!


Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports


EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats


Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like


GM has already started reconfiguring its Tennessee factory to build electric cars. Now it has announced a new battery factory in partnership with LG...


The Korea Times, a major newspaper in Korea, reports that a joint venture between LG Electronics and Magna International is “very near” a contract...


Under pressure from the Biden administration, LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation have resolved their long running legal battle.


Here are four stories about how politics will play a key role in the EV revolution.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.