If you’re looking for alternative fuel vehicles, the Middle East is likely the last place you’ll look. The place is just about swimming in crude oil. But a team of Iranian students and graduates have designed the plug-in EV you see here, called “Qasedak-e Nasir” or Dandelion of Nasir.
While it is hardly a game changer, this quirky little EV could mean big things for a country where there are about 15 people per 1 car.
The Dandelion was initially brewed up as part of a competition for students from the Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology, but worked so well they decided to pursue it as a business project. While Iran has plenty of oil and natural gas (indeed, a quarter-million vehicles run on CNG in Iran), cars have remained largely out of reach for a majority of the population.
The Nasir could correct this, even though it has a fairly humble top speed of 50 mph and a range of just 50 kilometers (about 31 miles). It also helps that the car weighs about 1,500 pounds. This would be a great car for city use though, especially in the crowded capital of Tehran. It fits two people and has enough trunk room for groceries, and it actually isn’t all that bad looking…I think I’d rather drive this than a Prius.