Engineers and technicians at Astan Quds Razavi have managed to manufacture an electric van dubbed “Fajr Samen” to facilitate transportation of pilgrims in the holy shrines.
According to Astan News, the electric vehicle was put into service in the presence of senior officials from Astan Quds Razavi amid festivities for the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
According to Seyyed Khalil Monabbati, the deputy in charge of the holy sites and pilgrims, it took two years for the technical and specialized staff of the Pilgrim Vehicles Repair Workshop, at Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine establishments, to design and manufacture Iranian standard-level version of the electric vehicle.
According to him, foreign vehicles lacked some standards required by the holy shrines administrative systems. “Today, all the faults with foreign vehicles have been removed in Iranian model and the spare parts are all domestically designed and manufactured by Iranian engineers.”
He further noted that importing each pilgrim van costs 30,000 dollars for AQR, while each domestically manufactured van has cost only 5,000 dollars. The high-quality Iranian vehicle is a product of honorary service of the specialists and engineers at AQR.
Drawing a comparison between the Iranian model and the imported foreign vehicle he said, “The battery capacity of the foreign vehicle is 72 V, while the Iranian model transmits only 48 V of electricity. This has reduced the risk of electric shock and lowered power consumption as well.”
The Iranian model of the van, according to Monabbati, runs at the speed of 100 km/h, some 20 km faster than a foreign counterpart.
“The depreciation in auto parts such as differential and the gearbox is far lower t¬¬-han the similar foreign product,” said the official, adding, “The body of the van is stronger and there is no problem with a full car wash. The van has also provided an easy ride for the elderly pilgrims.”
Some 80 pilgrim vans are currently at service in Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine routes, Monabbati revealed, adding that “They used to be imported from China costing 700 million Rls. at previous exchange rate, but today, importing each van will cost three billion Rls.”
The AQR is eyeing mass production of the pilgrim vans for use in other Iranian holy shrines and even exports to the holy shrines in other Muslim countries.
Astan Quds Razavi is in charge of the administration of the affairs of Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine.