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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Pakistan’s First Rs.400,000 Electric Car: Best Economical Option

Crown Group introduced Pakistan's first electric car, Rickshaw and a motorbike at very reasonable prices. Pakistanis tend to buy affordable vehicles and Crown Group has brought the best option forward.

Crown Group has been making auto parts since 1963. It displayed a number of environmentally friendly vehicles, including motorcycles, auto-rickshaws, cars, and ambulances, which it says are energy efficient.

The starting price for an electric car, a pilot project, is Rs400,000. It’s a two-door hatchback with a seating capacity of two persons. The prices of the rickshaws and motorcycles are between Rs200,000 and Rs55,000 respectively.

The company says its vehicles will cost Rs1.25 for each kilometer traveled, which “makes it the cheapest” option available for transport.

Farhan Hanif, the chairperson of the group, says the two and three-wheeler automobiles can travel 60km to 70km on a full charge. A car fully charged on a 50-amp battery can travel up to 50kms.

Eight Chinese companies have partnered with the Crown Group in joint ventures, said Hanif, adding that the company is ready to expand production as soon as the government implements its electric vehicle policy.

A draft of the policy awaits the government’s approval.

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If the government keeps its word on the electric vehicle policy, the customs duty on imports of auto-parts will only be 1% while the sales tax will not exceed 5%, said the chairperson.

He emphasized that the advent of electric vehicles will help boost Pakistan’s economy and introduce new jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities as specific power stations to charge the vehicles will have to be established.

Crown Group is a new player in the electric vehicles market and has invested Rs2 billion to set up its manufacturing plant.

Zotye: Pakistan’s First Electric Car

Pakistan in collaboration with China has established the first electronic car company, Topsun Motors in the country. The company inaugurated its showrooms on 3rd January 2020 in Lahore.

Provincial Minister of Punjab for housing, urban development and public health engineering, Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed graced the inauguration of the Topsun Motors.

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Topsun Motors have introduced four models that include hatchback and three models of JMC. Topsun Motors launched 1000cc Zotye’s Z100 hatchback. The company has also introduced JMC in two variants: single and double cabin.

As per the initial price quoted by the company, Zotye Z100 costs PKR 1,490,000; JMC Single Cabin PKR 2,950,000, JMC Double Cabin PKR 3,950,000 and JMC Vigus 2.4-litre PKR 5,015,000.