Overseas Pakistanis develop country’s first electric car
The prototype of the vehicle is built by Dice Foundation and will be unveiled in the next few months
KARACHI: Pakistan’s overseas dice Foundation has launched Pakistan’s first electric car and battery, the model of which will be presented in the next three to four months, it announced on Friday.
Dr. Khursheed Qureshi, founder, and chairman of the Dice Foundation told The Express Tribune that by using the technology of the scattered Pakistani people, the country had successfully produced its first indigenous car.
A group of Pakistani overseas workers in the automotive industry in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom volunteers their services in the manufacture of electric cars.
Dr. Khurshid said the battery pack of the electric car is also being made in Pakistan and its design and manufacturing process will be completed in the next two months.
He said instead of being relegated to engineering, the electric car was made in accordance with international standards and expressed hope that it would compete with the world’s leading electric cars.
Dr. Khurshid said so far $ 100,000 had been spent on making the car, which was donated by members of the Dice Foundation.
He added that upgrading an electric vehicle could cost up to $ 100 million but thanks to volunteer services by Pakistanis overseas, costs have been significantly reduced.
Dr. Khurshid said in addition to the Dice Foundation, Pakistani technical education institutions have also provided assistance. Technical analysis of the project was carried out at DHA Suffa University and work related to battery installation was done at NED engineering university in Karachi.
According to Dr. Qureshi, the internal and external design of the vehicle was carried out by the National College of Arts (NCA) and other universities.
The naming of the car was also done by the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA).
He said the car battery was designed based on the local climate, environment, and driving conditions that would last 10 years.
The electric car project is among the other activities underway by the foundation in Pakistan, which aims to showcase Pakistani overseas expertise in the technology sector.