Pakistan has recently seen the launch of the country’s first-ever electric bike named JE-70. The manufacturer Jolta company has launched the bike as an alternative to the fuel run 70cc and 125cc bikes popular in Pakistan.
The media has been buzzing with the fact that it is an electric vehicle, but it is important to determine its impact on the life of an ordinary person, and how it compares to the existing models in the market.
Jolta EV Technologies claims that the e-bike would save Rs4000 per month compared to an ordinary fuel-run bike.
If we compare the Jolta E70 with a 70cc Honda, the former has a maximum speed of 60 kilometers per hour and the latter can go up to 90 km/h. The company claims that this is the only measure at which the e-bike lags the regular bikes.
It has come in various models with different power terrains and different maximum speeds. The bike comes in seven different models namely JE-70, JE-70 L, JE-70 D, JE-100 L, JE-125 L, JE-Scooty, and JE-Sports Bike.
As of yet, the first one named JE 70 has been introduced in the market. The company claims that the JE 70 can do a range of 80 Kms in eco mode, and 60 Kms in turbo mode.
The motor power is 1.5KW or 1500 Watts, which is supported by a 30 AH Lithium/dry battery which has three months warranty and would work for approximately two years.
It is worth mentioning that battery replacement would cost the user Rs20,000, which is arguably a high price, but if the battery lasts for two years as the company claims, it is a good bargain.
The top speed of the vehicle on an inclined surface would be 10-20 km/hr, and 60 km/h on a flatter road. One charge would take around 2 to 3 hours and would consume two units of energy for a single charge.
Like every other electric vehicle out there, the e-bike does not have clutches and gears.
National Sales Head Muhammad Suhail Khan told SAMAA Money that their JE 70, which exactly looks like a 70cc motorcycle is priced at Rs82,500.
He added that they were also selling e-scooty for women that is priced at Rs105,000. “Meanwhile, we will soon launch a bike comparable to 125cc.”
Impact of this change
This initiative goes hand in hand with PTI’s environment protection policy as electric bikes are not only the future of the world but are also extremely environmentally friendly since their carbon footprint is way less than that of other vehicles.
Imran Khan during his speech mentioned the steps that the government is taking for the future of Pakistan including the Million Tree Tsunami project as well as the Pakistan Electric Vehicle Policy 2020-2025, under which the Jolta Bike has been produced.
This will significantly impact the economy of Pakistan as the biggest source of economic destabilization is often the fuel and oil prices around the world which affect the local market. With the fuel substitution from oil to electricity, Pakistan will be able to withhold the $15-$16 billion dollars that are spent annually on fuel imports.
It is worth mentioning that being the first e-bike coming from Pakistan, JE 70 would set the mood of Pakistani people towards the electric vehicles, thus it is pertinent that a positive impact is made by the vehicle.