Pakistan could soon see these electric cars on its roads

Published: April 7, 2017
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The compact vehicles can go up to a maximum of 50kmh and would need to be charged for seven hours to travel a distance of 120kms. PHOTO: FARHAN ZAHEER/ EXPRESS

The compact vehicles can go up to a maximum of 50kmh and would need to be charged for seven hours to travel a distance of 120kms. PHOTO: FARHAN ZAHEER/ EXPRESS

KARACHI: Pakistan could soon see electric cars plying on its roads as the maker of Super Power motorcycles displayed two variants it intends to start selling within the next three months.

The electric cars are currently on display at the ’14th My Karachi-Oasis of Harmony’, a three-day exhibition that was inaugurated on Friday at the Karachi Expo Centre.

The compact vehicles can go up to a maximum of 50kmh and would need to be charged for seven hours to travel a distance of 120kms.

“Its target market is not specific. People from all age groups can drive this car,” N.J Auto Industries Marketing Executive Abdul Muqsit told The Express Tribune.

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One of the cars is a two-door variant, the price of which is Rs600,000, while the four-door variant has price a tag of Rs650,000.

“We believe the market for E-cars market will grow much faster in the coming years so we have decided to enter this market,” he said, claiming that the vehicles boast a cost-efficient fuel mileage of Rs1 for a kilometre.

The company is currently hunting dealerships, a separate section of authorised outlets other than its motorcycle business.

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The battery of these cars is 12 volts, and can be charged in homes like an inverter (popularly known as UPS) is, said Muqsit, adding that there is no dependency on an outdoor station or dock.

The cars are being imported from China – by far the largest market for electric cars in the world. In fact, the Chinese market is bigger than all the world markets combined. Apart from private sector research, the electric car industry also got a boost from billions of dollars in government support since 2000.

Annual electric car sales in China have crossed 400,000 and the government is targeting 5 million vehicles on its roads by 2020.

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Situation in Pakistan

The country has long been battling with energy shortages. With unreliable and expensive energy supply in the country, the auto industry has never been interested in electric car projects. However, the situation seems to be changing now.

Business tycoon Mian Mansha last month said that he is trying to bring electric and hybrid cars into the country. Mansha’s Nishat Mills Limited – one of the largest integrated textile mills in Pakistan – and Hyundai Motor Company have recently joined hands to assemble cars in Pakistan.

Last month, a Chinese electric car exhibitor at the Pakistan Auto Parts Show (PAPS) 2017 while talking to The Express Tribune, said that electric cars now have better chances to penetrate the Pakistan market.

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He also said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects are expected to generate enough electricity in the next few years to significantly reduce energy shortages in Pakistan thus removing one of the biggest hurdles in the growth of these vehicles.

Automobile sales in Pakistan have touched 283,000 units (including used imports) after a gap of over seven years. The local industry is now once again targeting 500,000 unit sales per year. Due to the announcement of the new auto policy 2016-21 last year, big names like Renault, Kia, Hyundai and Audi have also announced their intention to assemble vehicles in the country.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Billoo
    Apr 7, 2017 - 10:24PM

    Nope. These will pose a big risk where traffic mortality is the highest in the world We should be driving military tanks here to avoid loss of life in this country where we have no rules traffic all over the country. People don’t care how they drive, don’t observe any traffic laws. Such sardine can looking cars with very little defence against collision are a moving coffins. We should strictly implement traffic laws and implement mandatory insurance payable to traffic accident victims like it is done in western world. Also blood money payable by the offenders.Recommend

  • Oommen
    Apr 8, 2017 - 12:50AM

    Size too small for South Asians.Recommend

  • Andrew
    Apr 8, 2017 - 11:53AM

    It is all good that the Company is planning on releasing or making Electric powered cars, however, the main question that arise is that with all the power outages and loadshedding how are these cars going to be charged and how long will it take to charge them. Will there be any sort of alternative source of power for these cars in the event that there is no electricity to charge the car or insufficient power load to charge the car.

    The reason for my question is that although you newspaper proudly announced that we may soon see electric powered cars on the road the next update was “CONSUMERS TO FACE POWER OUTAGES IN RAMAZAN”. So how are these cars going to charged. Posh areas don’t have power. Most of Defence and KDA are running on high powered gas generators. So from where is the electricity going to come from to charge these electric cars. Recommend

  • khappay
    Apr 8, 2017 - 1:54PM

    Pakistan Sindh province is blessed with Sunlight all day and solar panels is the best solution for electricity.
    A solar panel and a battery investment is must while purchasing this electric car.
    Practically purchasing this Car is not feasible.
    Price too high.
    Seems not comfortable.
    Other imported Cars are available at good price.Recommend

  • Azzy
    Apr 8, 2017 - 4:13PM

    @Billoo:
    Alrighty then ONE HYBRID TANK COMMING RIGHT UP SIR!!! Recommend

  • Faisal A Malik
    Apr 8, 2017 - 5:23PM

    These will get huge orders initially, as a novelty factor, but I expect the demand to die down as the top speed is even slower than a 02 wheeler! Moreover a car priced to compete against Mehran, imported from China, must be low on quality as well.Recommend

  • Saleem Farooqi
    Apr 8, 2017 - 7:27PM

    Congratulations on introducing electric operated car it is need for feature in Karachi as parking and congestion of traffic will not be manageabel in years to come. It can be a successful transport for office going specialy.Recommend

  • Wali khan
    Apr 9, 2017 - 8:35AM

    What about it’s price?Recommend

  • Yousuf
    Apr 9, 2017 - 2:46PM

    @Billoo:
    at least it’s safer than a motor cycleRecommend

  • powayman
    Apr 9, 2017 - 2:47PM

    Electric cars are nice concept – but they are expensive and Chinese cars don’t have are pretty tiny and still don’t get the miles per charge that most would prefer. Also – Pakistan/India aren’t the safest places to drive and a car that small will likely place you at greater risk of personal injury in event of accident. Recommend

  • cuban
    Apr 9, 2017 - 5:25PM

    How do you charge your car when you power is out?Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Apr 11, 2017 - 12:01AM

    What is the point of having an electric car if you have regular power cuts!Recommend

  • KI
    Apr 11, 2017 - 9:50AM

    Shape doesn’t look safe at all. Atleast NOT for the Road.Recommend

  • farhan ali
    Apr 16, 2017 - 1:28PM

    I like electric cars Recommend

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