First Locally Produced Electric Car Launched in Pakistan (August) 2022

The transportation of the future will be electric vehicles. However, they haven’t gained much popularity because of their high cost and limited availability in Pakistan. Pakistan has set its sights on making the switch to electric vehicles (EVs), and the automotive industry is anticipated to go through a significant transformation over the next ten years as a result of the government’s plans to produce more than 500,000 two- and three-wheeled vehicles and approximately 100,000 electric cars.

The government’s ambitions are valid given that air pollution claims thousands of lives each year and costs between 5 and 6 percent of the GDP. The largest issue, however, is carrying out the plan because the path to this transformation is paved with unknown obstacles and may need a greater amount of effort than one could anticipate.

With the introduction of the Nur-E 75, Pakistan’s first electric vehicle, things are about to change. The Nur-E 75, Pakistan’s first locally built electric vehicle, was unveiled in a ceremony in Karachi on Sunday. It was designed and developed by the non-profit Dice Foundation in collaboration with local academics and industry.

According to a statement released by the Dice Foundation, the five-seat hatchback will go on sale at the end of 2024 and has a top speed of 127 kilometers per hour.

The concept developed by Nur-E was launched on August 14 at around 4 p.m. at the Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi. According to a report by Business Recorder, the car can run for 210 kilometers after eight hours of charging.

 

The DICE Foundation helped to create the idea. Pakistanis operate the U.S.-based non-profit organization DICE foundation. The electric hatchback aims to compete in a market dominated by inexpensive cars like the Suzuki Alto.

It is anticipated that Jaxari, a business whose name was derived from the work of Muslim scientist Ismail-al-Jazari, will sell Nur-E.

By encouraging a shift away from the use of non-renewable fuels, the car would play a “phenomenal” part in halting climate change and promoting environmental preservation.

Dr. Qureshi stated that although the foundation planned to create a sedan and a small SUV in addition to the five-seat hatchback that was the present prototype.

According to a Business Recorder story, Nur-E 75 price will be considerably lower. Vehicles in the same sector, including the Honda-E and Nissan Leaf, are priced at $40,000 and $35,000, respectively.7

In addition, he said that when the car is presented in late 2024, 60% of its parts will be made domestically, but that number will increase to 80% in coming years.

Design

The front of the car resembles the two hatchbacks Honda E and N-One, which are design influences. With circular headlamps and an angular front, the automobile offers a retro-modern look. The back of the automobile looks plain and uninteresting in comparison to the front, and some of its components appeared to be out of place or improperly positioned.

Moving inside, the dashboard has a tidy appearance but seems worn, as if it were salvaged from a 2007-era car. The black plastics on the sides of the doors and the dashboard seem to be of inferior quality, and the white air vents do not appear to be movable. However, it’s only a prototype, so it’s possible that DICE will enhance the interior and the back. The Nur-E 75 seems to be an intriguing electric vehicle for Pakistan.

Power and Range

A 107HP/200Nm electric motor with a top speed of 127 km/hr is anticipated to power the hatchback’s drivetrain. It will have a 35 KWhr battery, which the manufacturer claims will give it a range of up to 200 km when the AC is running. Keep in mind that the range may vary depending on your vehicle’s speed and whether you have the air conditioning on. A normal charger will take roughly 7 to 8 hours to fully charge it, whereas a cutting-edge DC charger will take about 2 hours.

Price and Availability

According to Dr. Khurshid Qureshi, founder and chairperson of the DICE foundation, Nur-E 75 competes with cars like Nissan Leaf and Honda e, which have similar features and retail for between $35,000 and $45,000 globally but are less expensive in Pakistan.

When a separate employee was inquired for pricing estimates, the official responded that it would not be provided for less than 2 million rupees. Based on these comments, it might be priced between Rs. 3 and 4 million, but you should take this with a grain of salt since the price hasn’t been set in stone.

Dr. Khurshid says that the start of commercial production is anticipated for 2024. About 60% of its parts will be produced in the area. According to Dr. Qureshi, the car will have 60% locally made parts when it is commercially built, and that percentage will rise to 80% over the following few years.

He acknowledged that the nation would still require raw resources like lithium, which is made in a small number of nations, including China, Chile, Australia, and Argentina. Lithium is utilized in electric batteries. He stated that even Tesla imports batteries from China.

Other automakers, he claimed, “just assemble automobiles here and produce a limited number of parts, while their parent businesses in other countries create the designs.”

Mashood Khan, a former leader of the Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM), emphasized that the nation should promote its own autos.

“The fact that Pakistan has created its own electric vehicle is a noteworthy accomplishment. By 2040, when electric vehicles start to take the lead globally, we should start to prepare, added Khan. In order for this project to succeed, stakeholders must support it,

Its design is influenced by the Honda E and N-One, with the front resembling the two hatchbacks remarkably. The result is a sleek, retro-inspired style with rounded headlights and a blocky front. However, the prototype’s rear appears plain and uninspiring in contrast to the front, and some parts appeared to be out of place during assembly.

As we move inside, we see that the dashboard is neatly styled but appears dated, as if it were salvaged from a 2007-era vehicle. The black plastic on the dashboard and door sides appears to be of inferior quality, and the white AC vents don’t appear to be adjustable.

Given that this is only a prototype, the Nur-E 75 appears to be a promising new electric vehicle for Pakistan provided DICE makes some interior improvements and fixes the back.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the way of the future of transportation, and the question is how Pakistan can best get ready for it. Pakistan should enter the EV market gradually and in phases as the technology would take many years to fully mature.

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