Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The world is getting warmer and polluted than ever before with every passing day. Terms like global warming and climate change have ceased to be mere buzzwords, making a new generation of Earth’s inhabitants worry about the ecological destruction that we’ve wrought on our lil blue planet for far too long.
In developing countries like Pakistan, where most couldn’t give two hoots about environmental-friendly initiatives, it’s not every day that we hear of something that could make our cynical selves sit up and take notice.
That something would be Zar Motors, an environmentally-responsible company that provides Electric Rickshaws and Loader Vehicles with non-combustible engine in Pakistan. And from what we’ve seen, this bodes well for Pakistan’s future.
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This alone can help the average Pakistani trucker or rickshaw wala to sit up and take notice. And if that wasn’t enough, the US-based Zar Motors offers a clean alternative to the Pakistani transportation industry. And that too at an affordable price tag.
The conversation these days might be dominated with Metros, but the real revolution is in electric-powered rickshaws and loader vehicles that companies like the aforementioned Zar Motors offers.
Let’s take a look at what Zar Motors offers.
This electric-powered 3 wheeler takes 2 hours to charge up to 80 percent capacity. And it can go 130km to 150 km with a full charge.
The Zar Minicab has space for 3 passengers plus a driver, and is also comfortable when compared with the average rick you see on the roads these days.
Estimated Price of Zar Minicab: Rs. 240,000/-
To find out more about the Minicab, see here.
The electric-powered loader is perfect for hauling off weight upto 750kg, making it a worthy alternative to the Suzuki Carry trucks normally in use here.
Its eco-friendly design and economical fuel engine makes it a good buy.
Estimated Price of Zar LOADER: Rs. 250,000/-
To find out more about the Loader, see here.
Both Zar Loader and Zar Minicab comes with warranties, that include:
- Batteries: 18 months
- Motor: 12 months
- Charger: 12 months
- Controller: 12 months
A Zar Motor’s representative told ProPakistani that Gel Batteries used in Zar Motors are maintenance free and have an average life of around three years or more. He, however, didn’t share any price of batteries if they are to be replaced after three years’ time. For a full charge, it takes 3-4 hrs.
Why the entry of an Entity like Zar Motors is a Huge Deal for the Pakistani Market?
For an investor-friendly market like Pakistan, there is a serious dearth of consumer-friendly and environmental-friendly players here. Companies like Zar Motors are a welcome change for the Pakistani consumer, bringing in a semblance of sanity in a cutthroat market environment that allows corporate companies to get away with unscrupulous anti-consumer practices. Case in point, vis-à-vis the current Pakistani automobile industry players and their partners.
We have a dilapidated and broken transportation system in most parts of the country. And not to mention how noisy and polluting they can be. The rickshaws and loaders offered by Zar come with environmental friendly features that not only reduce the carbon footprint by an enormous margin, but also don’t go off like a machine gun as far as their sound is concerned.
This is because Zar Motors’ philosophy is in line with United Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), something that should adopted by more multinationals operating in Pakistan.
But the most important thing here is how a company like this can kill two birds with one stone – poverty and pollution. The company promises spare parts availability and almost zero maintenance, an added plus for a company that aims to make a humongous social impact around Pakistan.
For those worried about the company not passing governmental seal of approval, rest assured, because Zar has the support of all Pakistani provincial governments as well as the Engineering Development Board (EDB) and Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).