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Rs400,000 electric car introduced in Pakistan for the first time

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 21, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 21, 2020 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
Rs400,000 electric car introduced in Pakistan for the first time

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A Karachi-based company introduced its own range of electric vehicles on Friday.

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.

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Photo: Samaa Digital

The company says its vehicles will cost Rs1.25 for each kilometre travelled, 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.

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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 custom duty on imports of auto-parts will only be 1% while the sales tax will not exceed 5%, said the chairperson.

He emphasised 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.

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26 Comments

  1. Avatar
      Syed hasan Mujtaba  February 22, 2020 9:24 am/ Reply

    Good work…. ALLHA ap ko kamyab kray…

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      Liaqat Ali Aulakh  February 22, 2020 11:35 am/ Reply

    Excellent
    I am pleased to read this news

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      Karamat Ali  February 22, 2020 12:11 pm/ Reply

    Will this electric car consume power while held up in a rush or blocked road?

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      Thind  February 22, 2020 12:49 pm/ Reply

    Nice one great keep moving …

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        Habib Arain  February 27, 2020 5:07 am/ Reply

      Battery life should be 100 to 150 miles minimum and also depends on the charging time and charging stations availability in the cities and on the highways.
      Good luck and all the best.

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      Chill  February 22, 2020 1:45 pm/ Reply

    Kia pagal hogaye ho kia ? 50km kuch bhe nahi hota. Aur charging time 6 – 7 hr ka hoga. Plus charging stations kidhar hain karachi mein

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        Asghar  February 26, 2020 11:45 am/ Reply

      50km is for 50 amp battery i am sure that we can install more than one battery for long route or can use bigger battery for hassle free journey… If yes than i think it is not a bad choice

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      Mubashar  February 22, 2020 2:05 pm/ Reply

    please share bikes pictures as well.

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      Ed Gersman  February 22, 2020 4:59 pm/ Reply

    Nicked postman Pats wheels.

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      Qamar shahzad  February 22, 2020 7:38 pm/ Reply

    Plz up date this car

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        Anjum  February 23, 2020 5:16 pm/ Reply

      Well, a good effort after all!

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      Muhammad Riaz Khan  February 22, 2020 7:46 pm/ Reply

    The hould at least be 300 km.

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      Samia Naveed  February 22, 2020 8:18 pm/ Reply

    Good work
    When will we purchase?

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      Asif  February 23, 2020 1:00 am/ Reply

    Great news for Pakistan.

  12. Avatar
      Lahori  February 23, 2020 6:22 am/ Reply

    Design is pathetic ………

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      Richard  February 23, 2020 9:32 am/ Reply

    Brilliant how much in British money??

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        SAMAA Digital  February 23, 2020 11:22 am/ Reply

      About 2000 pounds

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      Naila  February 23, 2020 4:35 pm/ Reply

    How you will solve the problem of electricity half of the time there is no electricity then how people will charge there car’s and who will pay the bills of electric when people don’t have enough money to pay there normal bills even they have no electricity

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      Anjum  February 23, 2020 5:17 pm/ Reply

    Well, a good effort after all!

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      SAK  February 23, 2020 5:42 pm/ Reply

    @ Richard it’s GBP 2000 approx

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      Hanif khan  February 23, 2020 9:04 pm/ Reply

    Nice design. Keep it up in improving. Good luck

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      Wareesha nadeem  February 25, 2020 3:31 pm/ Reply

    good job

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      Abdul Hannan Kath  February 26, 2020 11:03 am/ Reply

    Its Impressive seeing a domestic firm developing Electric vehicles based on environmental concerns. Allah aap ko kamyab kare 🙂

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      Sameer  February 26, 2020 12:21 pm/ Reply

    Best thing to do is start with Chinese components and gradually shift the production locally, it shall create employment opportunity and also shall get the trained workforce, once company have positive cash flow, shall start product development and R&D.

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      Ibrahim Yousaf  March 8, 2020 11:16 am/ Reply

    That’s very nice am qhite happy,when can we get it .but if we face some problem michanicaly,gow can we resolve.because there is no mchanic at all here this car

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      SBQ  March 16, 2020 12:07 pm/ Reply

    Welcome sign. More importantly both for the customers and company itself to release the ,test criteria, from which the claimed performance is established. How company plans to convince customers that he advertised performance is actually achievable.

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