On Independence Day, Pakistan unveiled its first locally produced electric car.

The Nur-E 75, Pakistan’s first domestically built electric car, was revealed on Sunday in Karachi by a non-profit organisation, Dice Foundation, along with local academics and business.

The five-seater hatchback has a peak speed of 127 kilometres per hour and will hit the market by the end of 2024, according to a Dice Foundation statement.

According to Business Recorder, it takes eight hours to fully charge the car, after which it can run for 210 kilometres.

Dr. Khurshid Qureshi, Founder and Chairman of the Dice Foundation, described the car as a “gamechanger both for Pakistan’s economy and for the well-being of the common man.”

The automobile would play a “phenomenal” role in combating climate change and preserving the environment by transitioning the country away from the use of non-renewable fuels.

Dr. Qureshi stated that, while the present prototype was a five-seater hatchback, the foundation intended to produce a sedan as well as a compact SUV.

When asked about the pricing, Dr. Qureshi stated that vehicles in the same sector, such as the Honda-E and Nissan Leaf, are priced at $40,000 and $35,000, respectively, but the Nur-E 75 price will be substantially cheaper.

According to the Business Recorder, he also stated that 60% of the car’s parts will be built locally when it is debuted in late 2024, but that number would climb to 80% in succeeding years.

He expressed gratitude to the NED University of Engineering and Technology, DHA Suffa University, National College of Arts, Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Punjab, National University of Sciences and Technology, Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Amreli Steels, PSG, and Kruddson Aluminum for their assistance in reaching the “milestone.”

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