Iran is getting ready to follow China's moves and try to reduce air pollution by bringing in more alterantive powertrain vehicles. As Iran's largest automaker, Iran Khodro Company (IKCO) will contribute to that goal by introducing the Runna plug-in hybrid car.

Iran Khodro Powertrain Co. (IPCO) has finished designing and developing parts and components for the Runna hybrid for IKCO. IKCO will field-test the car in Tehran this summer as part of the "National hybrid car project" sponsored by the Industrial Development and Renovation Organiztion of Iran.

IKCO thinks the Runna will be ideal for crowded, polluted cities like Tehran. It has a small, "made in Iran" combustion engine that comes in three- and four-cylinder variants. The Runna will be powered by a type of hybrid system that combines a conventional internal combustion engine with an electric propulsion system. The electric motor can move the car between 70 and 80 kilometers (about 43 to 50 miles) on a single charge and help the Runna reach a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour (about 75 miles per hour). IKCO thinks the hybrid Runna powertrain could be ideal for urban traffic and might even be applicable to Iran's public transportation system, according to the FARS News Agency.