E-Bike Launches in Pakistan, Hopes to Make Low Cost Travel a Reality

If you are like any average Pakistani employee, a major portion of your salary goes into transport costs. CNG isn’t regularly available and even when it is; there are huge queues which have become a part of the scenery it seems. Petrol prices have been all over the place as well and as a result, we often see up to 30% of our salaries consumed by our cars and bikes.

The solution? Get rid of fuel entirely. Meet the latest addition to the Pakistani roads that aims to do exactly that, the E-Bike.

E-Bike costs 20 PKR per charge, travels up to 100km and can reach speeds of 60 km/h

The E-Bike, which was launched yesterday in Karachi, uses an electric engine that runs fully on rechargeable batteries. The 800 watts motor can help the bike reach speeds in the range of 45-60 km/h. Charging the E-Bike requires 6-8 hours and you can travel up to 80-100km before running out of juice. The best part? A single charge costs only 20 PKR.

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If you want a direct comparison, if your monthly expenditure on a regular motorcycle is 3000 PKR, the E-Bike can reduce that to 300 PKR. Another great thing is that since it is less than 50cc, the E-Bike doesn’t require any registration or license to operate. Other features include doorstep after sales service, alarm and automatic locking system, keyless start, disc brakes and a digital meter.

The E-Bike comes in four options, from 82,900 PKR to 95,900 PKR.

T-60 T-70 T-75 T-80 Sport
Price 82,900 PKR 88,900 PKR 89,900 PKR 95,900 PKR
Battery 60V20AH 72V20AH 72V20AH 60V20AH
Motor power 800W 800W 800W 800W
Battery warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Motor warranty 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years
Colors Yellow, Red, Blue Yellow, Red, Blue Red, Blue, Black, Grey Yellow, Red, Blue

One question for all electric vehicles is that of durability. Electric motors have a limited life span and so does the E-Bike. It can be charged around 500 times before needing a change which amounts to roughly 50,000 km. A replacement battery costs 12,000 PKR. Even factoring in the costs of a battery replacement, the E-Bike is cheaper in the long run since you would save over 80,000 PKR in fuel costs.

E-Bike can travel up to 50,000km before needing a battery change.

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Athar Ahmed Khan, who is the owner of TAZ trading which imports the E-Bikes, says his aim is to replace the 70cc motorcycles in the market. If the product is met with a successful reception, Khan would consider building assembly and manufacturing plants in Pakistan that could create a lot of jobs and help revive our stagnating automotive industry.

We personally think that the E-Bike is a great idea. India and China have seen the launch of cheap smart-cars and similar electric bikes in response to the need for low cost transport for a common man. The E-Bike targets the same demographic. It provides clear cut advantages and savings that anyone can appreciate and there is no reason why it can’t take off in Pakistan.

Via PakWheels

Talal is a Director and the Chief Content Officer at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]


  • Sir Light wasa ha nai, is ko charge kaha sa karna ha, Phala CNG k chakro main Gas gae ab is k chakarmain rae sae Bigli b gae.

    • Sahi baat hai 30 mein se 15 din to ghar mein rest krein ge E Bikes. 6 to 8 house light kahan se ae gi in ko chrge krne k liye.

    • kisi bhi battery wale se charge karwai ja sakti he isme kia masla he or wese bhi 100km meter ka matlab he k aap full charge per long drive se ho k bhi aasakte ho or bettery bhi khatam nahi hogi

    • 1 week me ye 2 bar charge karni paray gi max. ab itni bi light ki kami nai. itni light to gao mai bi arahi hay ab. UPS use ni karte? wo kis tra chal ra hay salo se???
      Soch badlo bhaio apni aur future me invest karo. Electric vehicle kai anay se petrol aur cng ko zabardast jhatka lagay ga, aur automobile industry ki monopoly bi khatam hogi.
      jab tail ki value kam hojaygi to hamara mulk din dugni raat chogni taraqi kar sakta hay aur hum mehengai karne walo ki kamar tor saktay hayn.

  • Kya larkiyu wala design ha, is ko Bike ke shakal nai de ja sakti??? or Models main diffrence kya ha? price change ha but advantage nazar nai a rai.

      • Lol. Aap kahe ke doctor hain? Parhna tak to aata nahin :P
        Voltage (denoted as ‘V’) ka faraq kehtay to phir bhi tuk ban jaati kuch.
        Ampere (denoted as ‘A’) ka koi bhi faraq nahin hai.

        T-60 60V20AH 800W PKR 82,900 (Same Battery Specs)
        T-70 72V20AH 800W PKR 88,900
        T-75 72V20AH 800W PKR 89,900
        T-80 60V20AH 800W PKR 95,900 (Same Battery Specs)

  • Any road safety? Oh wait. No one gives two bleeps about that. A minor hit to a moving bike, and the traveling biker will have serious injuries. Even HUnda 70 wets its pants in an accident situation.

    • Brother this bike design is safer than HUnda 50 and 70. your legs will be much safer in this design. remember vespa? vespa was much safe. this is same design as vespa.
      India / China me dekho is tra k design ki kitni bharmar hai. Dunia pata ni kaha se kaha jari hay aur hum Pakistanio ko abhi tak sharam feel hoti hay, safe ni hay, ladies design hay, biijli etc…

      jaib me pasay ni hayn lakin leni GS150 hay

  • Price seems to be very high just like other Chinese brands in Pakistan.

    Q:
    These bikes have metal body or plastic?

  • One suggestion for buyers of E-Bike.

    Do not trust on your electric power supply company ( KESC, LESCO, etc ). Electricity is never going to be easily available in Pakistan. Recharge your bike battery through solar.

    Buy one additional battery. Keep this additional battery at home or office, connected to the solar power system. When the battery installed in your bike gets used, replace it with charged battery at home, and put the depleted battery for recharge.

    As the battery sizes mentioned above are 20AH. So my estimate is that a 300 Watts panels, and solar charge controller, may be enough to charge battery in one day. This would cost you approximately around Rs 40,000/= to Rs 50,000/=.

    • Yeh expense equation samajh nahin aai.
      82,900 (base model) + 40,000 (solar charger) = Rs. 112,900/-
      Ismain thoray aur paisay daal ke banda achi FX na le lay ???

    • 20AH is a very small battery and can easily be charged overnight. No need to spend additional 50 grand just to charge the battery.

      it also travels 80km on one charge. On average people only ravel 10km a day. Charging the battery is not an issue.

      • On average people travel at least 40-50 km a day. If you ask me, most of the people who work with me in Islamabad, travel around 20 km x2 each day, as most of them live in Rawalpindi. Some coming from the far places, which is quite common in the Potohar region, are travelling around 150 km each day.

    • lolz promoting solar energy here…yeh qoum 2 gali chor ke kunda mar le gi bt solar panal pe paisa nae lagaye gi

  • If snatched, how we can register the FIR as there will be no registration number of this bike due to less than 50cc and does not require any registration.

  • If snatched, how we can register the FIR as there will be no registration number of this bike due to less than 50cc and does not require any registration.

  • So, if I am reading it correctly. The Average Speed is about 50km/hour and travelling at that speed will give rider 100km. This means about 2 hour of travel time on a fully charged battery with Ideal Conditions.
    Now, Travelling from Rawalpindi to Islamabad is about 25 Kilometers, and on a Busy Day can take two hours. This means that that Ride will hardly reach Islamabad from Rawalpindi, unless the traffic conditions are ideal (in that case, it can make two round trips). But otherwise, this will be a problem. If you run out of Petrol, you can stop by any Pump. When you are out of Battery Charge, you are out of luck. I am not sure if the offices will allow its employees to Charge the Battery.
    Also, Rs. 20PKR is an estimate. To Fully charge 60V20AH, you will need at least 2000W, i.e two Units of Electricity. Depending on your Energy Slab, can be between Rs. 16 – Rs. 40
    And Finally, I am not Sure Rs. 12,000 Bettery will last that long (Give you 500 Charge Cycles). The Most Expensive Batteries (like 2V Cells used in Solar Installations and Telecom Industry) usually give you 500 Cycles, and they cost at least 20,000 plus for 1200W in Pakistan’s Temperature, and here we are looking at ideal conditions. With Deep Cycle usage (Running 100km per charge), the battery won’t last for more then 100 Recharges, that is about 3 months of usage.
    Having all these negative thoughts, I still believe it is an excellent attempt to bring E-bikes to Pakistan. These are much more Environment Friendly, but we should also educate users what to expect.

    • ap bike pay 2 hours main nhi travel kerty apne gari k hisab sy time lgaya ha wese.
      ye khula tazad hai

    • the 500 cycles are complete charge discharge cycles. If you are charging overnight every day you will get lot more cycles as you using less depth of discharge.

      • That is my point exactly, this needs to be explained in Specifications how many cycles we are going to get with how much Km Daily Usage.

    • You are misleading people with being too much an expert.
      It is 100 km in one charge whether you use it in 2 hours at 50 km/ h or in 3 to 4 more hours in more lesser speed.

    • You are misleading people with being too much an expert.
      It is 100 km in one charge whether you use it in 2 hours at 50 km/ h or in 3 to 4 more hours in more lesser speed.

      • They way Electric Cars and Bikes work, is by Speed and Time. If you drive at 5km/hour, the battery is not going to last 20 hours.

      • They way Electric Cars and Bikes work, is by Speed and Time. If you drive at 5km/hour, the battery is not going to last 20 hours.

  • Good initiative from this company but in order to switch people to e-energy it should not be priced above Rs50,000 max. Their current prices are too high

    • ganjay aur motay ye honay ni de rhay na. aaj inka ehtasab isi lye hora hay. jab ganjo aur lutairo se jaan chutay gi to InshaaAllah Pakistan me sab ayga aur sab sasta hojayga.

  • Consider this:

    Rs.38,500 (price of Pak Hero PK 70 bike, source PakWheels.com) + 14.8 months of use (@ Rs.3000/- per month average fuel cost) = Rs.82,900/- (purchase price of E-bike)

    Clearly, this bike is not priced and aimed at general public. This is a fashion bike.
    Unless competition comes in, prices will not come down.

  • It’s a good effort, but I don’t think it’ll succeed. They should look into increasing the range and greatly decreasing charge times, 6-8 hours is too much for just 1.5-2 hours of usage. The charge times alone make this bike highly impractical. They should make it comparable to Tesla:

    http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

    (before anyone goes berserk on me stating how cheap this bike is when compared with Tesla, I’m not asking for the same or better charging times. Only comparable, i.e. 2x or 3x of those figures, not 10x+ as they are right now)

  • This is very good product, to make it more affordable it should be given on installments.To make it more safer drive two additional tires should be attached right and left of back tire :) just a suggestion keeping in view motorcycle painful accidents.

  • i live in beijing and have been using an ebike for 2 years now. it has a 2000w motor and dual 72v 20ah batteries and it goes upto 85km/hr and has a range of upto 90km depending of how fast i drive it. its an amazing piece of machinery and serves my purpose very well. i’m happy to see these make it to pakistan by they are kind of overpriced because here in china thy cost around 3000-4000 yuan and in pk they’re a lot more expensive for worse models. the one i have i got it for 3300yuan so its a lot cheaper compared to inferior models being offered in pk

  • i wish , really wish that we had an honest and dedicated R&D dept. We’ve so much talent and many of which ready to produce a prototype better than that if provided with facilities to do so. we’ve to change the general mindset that if “gora” can’t do it we can’t do it. #sigh Australian university is working on a project for cars that as they claim, will remove the need of a battery in a electric car as well better performance and more mileage. That’s #Nanotechnology for you right there the future!.
    But credit is due nonetheless as this will give way to some local manufacturers who might for the profit jump into the stream.

    • but no one takes Materials Engg (base of nanotech) here in PAk , its considered a field with ZERO pay potential.
      you’ll be surprised to know how people degrade MMEngg :'(

    • R&D and pakistan are two OPPOSITE edges of a stone , they more likely to breakaway and part forever rather than ever meet again

  • when will it come to Lahore?
    And which one is the actual e-bike. the top picture of the bottom picture

    • Basic math, the electric car range is always based on the assumption that it travels at its max speed. 60km/h is the max speed, 100/60 = 1.66 hours. All in all, you’ll be lucky if the battery lasts more than 2 hours, and that is under ideal conditions.

      • thats not how people drive. drive for straight 1.66hrs at max speed 60km/h. People leave home to work. park the bike and at night come back. Hardly anyone travels 100km in one day. On average people just commute 15 km a day (based on my usage) and at various speeds.
        The EPA test uses a usage pattern to determine range. Can you provide proof that range is determined using max speed only. Driving at max speed discharges the battery faster which inturn decreases it’s capacity. I highly doubt electric vehicle manufacturers would test their vehicles under heavy discharge where battery chemistry will become the limiting factor.

  • There should be a free charging ports outside malls and famous places, just like Tesla motors did. Just a thought :)

    Delivery guys should have these types of bikes i think.

  • Next Logical steps should be to Introduce CHEAPEST OF THE CHEAP
    E-Cars in Pakistan to ERADICATE pollution here AND to make Vehicular
    transport more accessible and affordable for the Pakistani in general.

    Right now , cars are priced wayyyy over the top ! too much bewlshyte in those .6 million PKR tags on hags like Mehran :/

  • One major issue which I believe TAZ and government has not seen, ROAD NETWORK. Currently there are some million bikes in Pakistan which have already ruin traffic system, bringing these will do nothing but make it worse. I planned to launch this in pakistan in 2006 importing them from CHINA (alibaba.com), but my research told me that if we use our own engineer (NED, Sir syed, FAST), we can make a better and more efficient bike. I believe TAZ has missed this area..Also this is way to expensive, I’m not a biker but i believe chinese 70cc bike may cost around 30-40k, so first 2 years petrol wont make much of a difference

  • The price is not reasonable as compare to the parts installed. it should lesser price than ordinary fuel run bikes or atleast equal equal..??

  • Dear is bike ten pakistani nahi beth sakte aur family ke liy bhe jaga sahe nahi hai cost aam bike c do guna ziyada hai

  • لگتا ہے عمران خان آزادی مارچ کرنے اسی پر نکلا ہے… ابھی تک منزل نہیں آئی

  • It’s a good solution but on a very higher rate. Electricity per unit because salaried class personal will come around 1900 Hrs and after this time the commercial or the higher side of the unit will charge.

    Secondly the price is also on the higher side.

  • kya bike hai yar mein soch rha ho k kuo na mein b bus bnao jo bjli sa charge ho aur baad mein plant lgya lo ga. aur baad mein rail engine aur airoplain bna lo ga

  • Electricity shortages & power failures for hours are routinize in our country. In US they are operating electric cars which are recharged in service stations. provided exclusively for this purpose. This is a good idea provided out Government supports it. First of all duties on initial imports for a year or so must be reduced to 10% if not waived totally. Secondly e-recharge systems allowed on pumps / plug in centers but at subsidized rates.There are mechanisms available for measurement and monitoring use of electricity for this purpose.
    Lastly it is an excellent idea, most important environment friendly, Clean, No noise, no pollution, no fast maneuvering, regulated and disciplined traffic. If launched with blessings of people friendly government – this will be great for Pakistan..

  • Electricity shortages & power failures for hours are routinize in our country. In US they are operating electric cars which are recharged in service stations. provided exclusively for this purpose. This is a good idea provided out Government supports it. First of all duties on initial imports for a year or so must be reduced to 10% if not waived totally. Secondly e-recharge systems allowed on pumps / plug in centers but at subsidized rates.There are mechanisms available for measurement and monitoring use of electricity for this purpose.
    Lastly it is an excellent idea, most important environment friendly, Clean, No noise, no pollution, no fast maneuvering, regulated and disciplined traffic. If launched with blessings of people friendly government – this will be great for Pakistan..

  • Exactly Bad Idea, already there is bike in same shape on patrol,
    which i think is really good than this, as that will not cost much
    patrol and spec. are same as of this, the e-bike has more cons. , let
    say your mam has dangy, you have to go to hospital urgent, n charge is
    low, who will wait 8 hour to charge it,

    heehehehehhehe,

    again bad idea..

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