Electric Rickshaw on its way to the roads of Pakistan

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Recently Mr. Khawaja Ahmad Hassan, Advisor to CM Punjab was seen testing and driving a new Electric Rickshaw at CM Office Lahore. Many other officials from the government were also present along with the people who developed the product. The Electric Rickshaw is currently not available in the market but will be launched soon. Leaving all the politics aside, I personally think this is a very good initiative. More companies like this should be encouraged to start developing and selling their products here. The Electric Rickshaw under consideration is being launched by Zar Motors.

Here’s why I think and hope (for the sake of our nation) this rickshaw will be successful in Pakistan:

  1. The looks

    SR2This Electric Rickshaw does look (from pictures only) a lot better than our traditional Rickshaws. It has a more futuristic feel to it. These Electric Rickshaws when on roads may actually be pleasing to the eyes rather than those blue ones that we have around for decades. Comparing these two rickshaws, I would definitely prefer to travel on this one (if you take into account looks only)

  1. Environmental benefits

    I don’t need to be an environmental engineer to notice the benefits of this Electric Rickshaw to the environment. There would be no clouds of smoke coming out of the Electric Rickshaw as we are habitual of seeing from our existing ones.  The simple mechanism will convert sunlight into electrical energy and then electrical energy into mechanical energy which will power the Electric Rickshaw. In this way, both the health of people and the environment will be relieved. This is the rightful step towards reducing air pollution in our cities and villages, where air pollutants have reached dangerously high levels.

  1. Benefit to the user

    SavingThe running cost of this Electric Rickshaw will be significantly lower than the existing Rickshaws. This will not only help the Electric Rickshaw owner but also benefit the common passenger. Plus this can help reduce our dependence on conventional fuels. One may argue that the initial cost may be high, but I believe the low running cost will more than compensate for it.

  1. Reduction in noise pollution

    Being an owner of a Hybrid Vehicle myself, I can say for sure that the difference in sound will be very noticeable. You can barely hear an electric vehicle when it is started. Same will be the case of this Electric Rickshaw. We will finally get free from the ‘Phut Phut’” sounds of the conventional Rickshaws that feel as if hammers are striking on our ear drums.

  1. Safety

    CDGL has banned LPG Rickshaws due to safety concerns. There have been a few instances where the LPG container in these Rickshaws caught fire, injuring people on board. One look at the LPG container in that Rickshaw plus its fuel line will give you a sufficient idea how safely you are travelling. Electric Rickshaws will eliminate this issue once and for all.

A few days ago, in another initiative by a different company E-Bikes were launched in Pakistan. We need to support these types of technologies. Only by our support can this technology be refined and made even better.  The government should also support these Electric Rickshaws, which I think it will as the officials are seen testing the Electric Rickshaws. The Rozgar scheme by the government can also include these Electric Rickshaws. Our universities should also collaborate with these companies in improving the efficiency of the solar cell technology. Only by steps like these will we enter the age of green public transportation or else we will remain stuck with the ‘Phut Phut’ sound.

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Mujtaba Abbas

In a parallel world, Mujtaba a.k.a MJ is an avid Environmentalist and a Public Servant. In this realm he is a die hard automotive enthusiast who seeks to create awareness in the minds of the readers and sincerely believes "Tabdeeli aanay hi waali hai :P

  • harami Gandu

    check out the chamchas in the video…lol

  • Ammar Hasany

    What a noble idea…. in the absence of electricity and load shedding, how the owners will earn their bread and butter, since it doesn’t have an alternative resource to generate electricity. if Punjab Govt. intends to launch then some suggestion must be kept in mind :

    1. develop infrastructure for e- charging
    2. develop institutions to create good electricians and electronic personal for its maintenance and services.
    3. Get Lithium based batteries instead of lead acid and invite all battery manufacturers to manufacture efficient batteries.
    4. Solar panels must be installed in parallel to generate electricity on these vehicles otherwise install a small hybrid gasoline engines.
    I assume then these new inductions be successfull otherwise it would be total flop.

  • Ch M. Laraib Ali

    Good initiative it should be implemented quickly as possible ..

  • Moonbaby

    1. Electric charging stations can be Very Easily made on existing petrol stations. Also, they can be charged at any Battery Shop if needed.
    2. Most existing car electronics mechanics can learn in less than a month.
    3. Lead-acid is actually cheaper and more environmentally friendly if gel batteries are used which are already available.
    4. lol, no need for solar panels or hybrid engines.

  • Bil

    Why dont we have doors in our Rickshaws? i havent been able to undrstand ths since always!

  • jameel_rasheed@hotmail.com

    text completely ignores the way we Pakistanis board rickshaws. Five people in one tiny vehicle. Plus with regard to running costs, I guess the rickshaw would require the charge also and that isn’t that cheap in Pakistan. Well lets just hope that it eases the miseries of Pakistani drivers!

  • Syed Muhammad Raza

    I have just one question.. What will happen on consecutive clody days and night time .. ?? How many hours it functions once charged .. And is it only based on electricity ?? No dual fuel option ?? As it might b bad idea in a way that we live in a country where we are already not full filling our requirements

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