What to expect from JAC electric cars in Pakistan!


Electric vehicles and information about new entrants have been the prime focus of the Pakistani automotive news for quite some time now. The incentives given in the budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 and the critically acclaimed Auto Policy 2016-2021 have made local production of electric vehicles a feasible and appealing proposition for new entrants. Today we will be talking about one such instance, the Chinese automaker JAC Motors. Earlier this year Deputy Chief Economic Manager of the company, David Zhang stated that they are planning to introduce electric cars in Pakistan under a long-term development program. But before they reveal any further details, lets take a look at some of the electric cars which the automakers sells outside the shores of our country to see what’s in store for us.

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But first lets take a moment to talk about JAC motors in general. Staring life in 1964 as “Hefei Jianghuai Automobile Factory”, the Chinese automaker almost exclusively made commercial vehicles, trucks, vans and busses. In 1997, the company’s name was changed to “Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co.” or JAC for short. In the early 2000s, the company started manufacturing passenger cars, MPVs and SUVs and had joint ventures with Hyundai, Navistar International (A diesel engine manufacturer), NC2 Global and the Mexican carmaker, Giant Motors. Shortly. JAC’s shift from commercial vehicles towards passenger cars was further demonstrated by its 2010 electric vehicle development programme, as a result of which we may see JAC EVs on Pakistani roads. JAC operates internationally by exporting CKD (Completely Knocked Down) units in many countries including including Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Mexico and Vietnam and quite possibility Pakistan in coming times.

I believe that’s enough preamble for today, so without further ado lets take a look at the JAC EVs that we might see on Pakistani roads in the near future.

JAC iEV-6E:

  • Range: 156 km
  • Power: 61 HP
  • Torque: 175 Nm
  • Efficiency: 0.13 kWh/km
  • Price (Estimate) : PKR 1 850 000

Starting our list is the compact electric hatch, iEV-6E. It shares its platform and body parts with with the JAC YueYue and is about the same size as the new Suzuki Cultus, the expected Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10. The iEV-6E’s powertrain consists of a 20 kWh battery powering a 45 kW electric motor generating 61 HP and 175 Nm of torque, which is more than adequate for a car that weighs just 890 kg. This electric motors drives the front wheels via a one-speed reduction gear, which means that there are no gears to shift at all! Like most Chinese cars the suspension is tuned to be comfortable and does a good job of dealing with bumps and potholes. The instant 175 Nm of torque makes city driving a breeze due to the sprightly acceleration. The interior features a sporty two tone design that is better than any other vehicle in this class, JAC’s build quality has been commendable lately but no conclusions can be made about build quality until we get our hands on one. Amenities include steering wheel mounted controls, cruise control, a 7-inch LCD infotainment screen, digital climate control and 14-inch alloy wheels. Safety features like ABS, traction control system, crumple zones and SRS front and side curtain airbags are also present. The NEDC rated range of 156 km make it optimal for city use, although longer highway cruises may present a challenge. While some of you may have cringed at the 18 Lac-ish estimated price, note that EVs often cost a lot more than their conventionally motivated rivals and gradually make up for their higher price with lower running costs. Consider the calculation below:

Fuel Cost Per Year: Suzuki Cultus AGS

Fuel Economy (As Stated in PakWheels Review): 18 km/l

Price of Petrol as of 14th June 2018: ~ PKR 91.96/liter

Cost of Driving (20 000 Km) Yearly:

=   PKR (91.96/18) * 20 000

=   PKR 102 000

Fuel Cost Per Year: JAC iEV-6E

Rated Efficiency: 0.13 kWh/km

K-Electric Billing Slabs:

  • 1-100 units = Rs. 5.79 per unit
  • 101-200 units = Rs. 8.11 per unit
  • 201-300 units = Rs. 10.20 per unit
  • 301-700 units = Rs. 16.00 per unit
  • Above 700 units = Rs. 18.00 per unit

Driving 20 000 km per Year = Driving 1667 Km per Month

Total Units:

=   0.13*1667

=   217 Units/Month

Cost Per Month:

=  PKR 100*5.79 + 100*8.11 + 17*10.20

=  PKR 1563

Cost of Driving (20 000 km) Yearly:

=  PKR 1563*12

=  PKR 18 760

Through this calculation it is made clear that an EV (like the JAC iEV-6E being discussed here) costs much less (PKR 83 240 less to be exact) to run than a similar car with an internal combustion engine. That means that even if the JAC iEV-6E costs 2 lacs more than the equivalent Cultus, it will take just 2.5 years to compensate for the price difference with lower running costs and this is without taking into account the multiple oil changes, turnings and other maintenance that an internal combustion engine requires.

JAC iEV-6S:

  • Range: 251 km
  • Power: 115 HP
  • Torque: 270 Nm
  • Efficiency: 0.12 kWh/km
  • Price (Estimate) : PKR 3 300 000 – 3 500 000

Electric crossovers seem to be the trend these, from Hyundai’s Kona EV to Audi‘s e-Tron Quattro to this, electric crossovers look more “avant-garde” than sedans or hatchbacks and this appeal is always beneficial to a new technology. JAC’s entry into this segment is the iEV-6S and is about the same size as a compact crossover like a Honda Vezel or Toyota C-HR. The front end is reminiscent of Hyundai models and the car is designed to be aerodynamic rather than quirky looking. It features LED headlamps, DRLs and fog lamps upfront while the blue accents hint at its eco-friendly powertrain. A 33 kWh battery gives a range of 251 km while the 85 kW electric motors puts out 115 HP and 270 Nm of torque, a one-speed gear negates the need for a complex transmission. The big torque figure makes it very pleasant to drive in day to day situations as it makes the car very responsive to inputs. The interior feels like an upmarket version of the iEV-6E and carries over the same two-tone design language and build quality. Cabin tech includes cruise control, steering wheel controls, digital climate control, an 8-inch LCD infotainment screen and a 4.2 inch LCD helper screen in the instrument panel that displays vehicle statistics like trip information, efficiency or the odometer. Safety features include ABS, traction control, EBD, front crumple zone, dual front airbags, side curtain airbags and driver and passenger side airbags though adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking and lane departure prevention are a major omission at this price point. The suspension features McPherson struts upfront and a torsion beam in the rear and is tuned for comfort rather than fun, so it deals with bumps and imperfections on the road well. A range of 251 km makes it more practical and livable than its little sibling, the iEV-6E. Because it is an EV, the iEV-6S costs a lot less to run than its conventionally motivated rivals, it costs around PKR 90 000 an year less to run than a Honda Vezel Hybrid, which is a pretty efficient car itself (Assuming a Honda Vezel does 17 km/l, using K-Electric Billing Slabs and Petrol priced at 91.96 PKR/Liter) and that is excluding any maintenance.

JAC iEV-7:

  • Range: 180 km
  • Power: 68 HP
  • Torque: 215 Nm
  • Efficiency: 0.13 kWh/km
  • Price (Estimate) : PKR 2 500 000 – 2 750 000

Unlike the rest of the world, sedans are still popular in China and JAC’s EV lineup would be incomplete without one, the iEV-7 is compact sedan and competes in the same segment as the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and the upcoming Hyundai Elantra. The iEV-7 lags behind its competitors in the style department and doesn’t make as bold of a statement as its crossover siblings or even other sedans in this segment. The 24 kWh battery combined with the 50 kW electric motor is good for 180 km of range, 68 HP and 215 Nm of torque. The baroque two tone interior is built well and appeals to a much older audience than the company’s usual offerings. The cabin tech is the usual affair with cruise control, steering wheel controls, a 4.2 inch LCD helper display and a 7-inch infotainment LCD while safety tech includes 6 airbags, ABS, traction control EBD and front and rear crumple zones. While the 68 HP figure may seem uninteresting and dreary on paper, but in reality it is more than good enough due to the instant 215 Nm of torque. A range of 180 km may be short by 2018 standards but still plenty for city driving, though longer highway commutes continues to be the Achilles’ heel of short range EVs like these. Like all EVs, running costs are a fraction of other cars in this class and the iE-7 may save upto 100 000 PKR annually (Driving 20000 km, using K-Electric Billing Slabs and Petrol priced at 91.96 PKR/Liter) versus more traditionally powered rivals like the Toyota Corolla or the Honda Civic. Overall, the iEV-7 is a solid vehicle but with limited appeal, the short range, high price and lack of audacious styling and modern features hold this car back in my opinion as most people would be hard pressed to pay 27 lac PKR for car that looks as drab and on paper only puts out as much as power as Corolla GLi.

Final thoughts

So these were my two cents on what to expect from JAC EVs and in all honesty, I am a bit underwhelmed. JAC has been very successful selling EVs in China but that is largely due to the massive subsidies and incentives that the government provides. For instance due to the aforementioned incentives the iEV-6S costs just 119 500 CNY (22.5 Lacs PKR) in China. Moreover, the charging infrastructure in Pakistan is still in its infancy (major developments have thus far only been done by Dewan Motors) and if JAC EVs are here to stay the company needs to invest in charging stations and creating an “EV presence” on Pakistani roads.

That’s all for today, as usual feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned to PakWheels.com to stay on top of the electric car scene in Pakistan.


Automotive Journalist at PakWheels. Loves Talking and Writing about Cutting-Edge Cars and Modern Technology. Former Student of Bahria College. Resident EV-Guru.

Notable Replies

  1. JAC iEV-6E price in international market is 8800 us dollar , why it is being try to market around 18.50 lakh here in Pakistan???????????
    Most of the blogger are paid to write this kind of bulshit here.

  2. @ZAHOOR1962

    Terribly disappointed by the notions and language displayed here: That is why you read the article before you "write this kind of bullshit here" so to speak. The price you are talking about is AFTER taking into account the government incentives/discounts that are offered by the Chinese government upon the purchase of an electric vehicle. As per my knowledge (and I am pretty sure about it), the Pakistani government provides no such discount/incentive and instead imposes a 10% import duty on CKDs and 25% import duty on CBUs. THE RETAIL PRICE OF THE iEV-6E is CNY 118 500 or USD 18 200 or PKR 2 200 000, I quoted a lesser price because I expect the car that is delivered here to be stripped of many features (as mentioned) and some corners cut to meet a lower price. It is called "estimate" for a reason. THE PRICE OF iEV-6E AFTER THE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES/DISCOUNTS/INCENTIVES is CNY 49500 or USD 7570 or PKR 920 000. So I don't know where you came up with this "8800 us dollar" figure. It is surprising how you could come up with such a notion of writers quoting bloated prices even after I dedicated the entire last paragraph to talk about government incentives and how I was "left underwhelmed" and expressed concerns about high prices. Next time you decide to leave such a hateful, resentful, unjustified and uncouth comment, think twice or at least do your research. Happy PakWheeling!

    Regards.
    Umar Sohail

  3. is Pakistan equipped for such?

    or are you buying horses before realizing that you actually live in a desert and camels are a better choice.

  4. Pakistan is certainly not quite equipped for instant adoption for EVs overnight, however it is worth mentioning that the government and institutions even in Pakistan are pushing for EV adoption. It goes without saying that the country is facing an energy distribution problem and EVs would IN THE SHORT TERM further compound this issue. However gradual shift towards EVs and PHEVs has benefits that outweigh the drawbacks. EVs bring the advantages of reduced energy consumption and local emissions to the atmosphere, lower TCO (total cost of ownership) and increased reliability to the consumer and reduction in manufacturing complexity to the manufacturer. Yes they may not make much sense to most at the moment however they will become more and more of a need over time, I do not see any major drawbacks (except parts availability and resale) for the self-importation of an EV.

    Regards.
    Umar Sohail

  5. I believe you are living in a fools paradise.
    Goverment is not doing anything for this. Your average user is still perched on 70cc motorcycles as family transport.

    Public transport is missing, schools are non existant, half the population cannot write their names, your "government" is a collection of misfits who get into chair by bribing a bunch, your grid is useless, your energy production is missing, and your roads are clogged with small traffic. Adding cars on top of that traffic mess makes no sense.

    Please stop writing click bait satire. Takes down the value of a forum.

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