First domestically manufactured electric car in Pakistan
The first locally manufactured electric car, thanks to the collective efforts of the Dice Foundation, academia and the private sector, was introduced on Sunday in Karachi.
The launch took place on the day of the country’s independence at a local hotel. The reservation for the vehicle named NUR-E 75 will be opened to the public at the end of 2024. Its battery was developed at the NED University of Engineering and Technology, and it has state-of-the-art features. The car is also subject to exportation.
The Sir Syed University of Engineering has developed the chargers for these vehicles. Work is also underway to develop faster chargers to decrease charging time.
Every component of the car was developed in Pakistan, and the design was generated by the National College of Arts (NCA).
The car can travel a distance of 210 km at a speed of 120 kmph after eight hours of charging via a 220V connection.
Dr. Khurshid Qureshi, Chairman of the Dice Foundation, described the car “Made in Pakistan” as an important step for the country’s economic stability. He said the electric vehicle revolution is making its way into the world automobile industry and Pakistan has also taken the first step in this area. He further said that this project would put a stop to all the economic difficulties in the country.
Dr. Qureshi stated that for commercial production, capital will be mobilized through series A, B, and C. He said the car will get launched under the JAXERI brand.
While the initial prototype is a five-seater sedan, the next phase will produce one sedan and subsequent SUVs, he said.
He further said that mass production of the car will preserve the environment and save foreign exchange spent on fuel imports. He said Pakistan will be at the same level as developed countries in electric car technology.
The launch was attended by prominent individuals from the engineering, automotive, and business sectors. They praised the teams and Dr. Qureshi for the car’s introduction.