The real story of NK Smart Car; what’s the price and how it works

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NK smart car

There is no brand new car in Pakistan as of now which cost Rs. 50,000. Frankly speaking, flagship mobile phones are even costlier. However, there is a confusion among people about a car from a not-so-famous seller, who tricked people to believe there was a smart car available for Rs. 50,000.

If you are only interested in the price of this car, jump to the segment below and find out for yourself.

This smart car we are talking about is a real vehicle that works on battery and doesn’t require fuel. Since there is no engine, therefore, there is no need for changing oil, filter or any other component that traditional car owners usually do on a regular basis.

These vehicles are commonly called mini electric cars or urban micro cars, but Khurram Aftab, the sole agent of this Chinese manufactured smart car likes to call it NK Smart Car.

Also Read: Cheapest Electric Cars to soon hit the roads in Pakistan

This three seaters smart car is maintenance free, and there is no hassle of taking it to workshops now and then.

We tried to find the seller of this so-called smart car to figure out the truth to end the confusion.

“My idea for introducing the smart car in the Pakistani market was to make the lives of people hassle-free who frequently buy fake parts for their vehicles and keep wasting their time and money. This mini car does not need oil and air filters because it runs on battery. The concept is to save time and money.”, Khurram told while explaining his product.

Khurram is of the opinion that people should convert to environment-friendly solutions. He says that the air pollution in Pakistan is increasing because of plenty of rickshaws, taxis, and heavy buses on roads which are congested as well.

“An average vehicle keeps consuming petrol/diesel even when it is at a signal, whereas, NK Smart Car stops using battery power whenever it is stationary,” he added.

What’s The Real Price Of This Mini Car?

NK Smart Car is nothing new as we usually see such electronic vehicles on Airports, Hotels and Golf Courses in various countries. No, this is not a PKR 50,000 car. It could be a marketing gimmick for getting a huge response from the buyers. Actually, the NK Smart Car is on sale for PKR 0.6 million, Yes, PKR 600,000.

In reality, Khurram had announced that first 100 buyers could book it for PKR 50,000 and the remaining to be paid later.

NK smart car front white
Front view of NK Smart Car

NK smart car front

The price is certainly very high for a car that is made of fiber and can accommodate only two persons. The Facebook fan page of NK Smart Car also displays dozens of comments from the public who are showing disapproval of the price Khurram is asking for the vehicle.

According to him, his car is better than Suzuki Mehran in the economy.

“If you purchase Suzuki Mehran for a price of PRK 0.7 million, you will have to keep dealing with various factors as it needs a lot of maintenance which is not the case with this smart car,” Khurram argued.

battery is the major component of this car which has a lifespan of 500 charges. After that, you will need to buy a new one for PKR 7000.

There Are Unanswered Areas

Although Khurram tries to convince about the performance, however, there are various unanswered areas;

  1. If this car can bear the wrath of heavy rains and water filled roads during the rain? Most of our metro cities look like a pool whenever there is rainfall.
  2. There is no AC onboard. Rather, there is a small blue color 12 volts fan installed on the dashboard which we usually see inside Suzuki pickups.
  3. Does it look nice or serve any purpose during the hot weather of Pakistan which spans over eight months?
NK smart car interior
Inner view of NK Smart Car

The battery of the smart car takes 4 to 7 hours for getting charged fully. There are no charging sockets available on public parking places, unlike the developed world where electronic cars are a part of routine life. On longer routes, you might not find a charging socket easily.

There is no workshop or parts available in the market, although Khurram says that he would provide home service if there happens an issue with the car.

For any car that comes on roads has to get prior approval from Engineering Development Board (EDB) which endorses the safety and specs of the vehicle but Khurram believes there is no need to speak to the government as it is a four-wheel vehicle. The requirement to obtain a clearance certificate arises for a three-wheel vehicle. “We have paid all the duties and taxes of this car,” he elaborated.

It Consumes No Petrol But Increases Your Electricity Bill

According to him, it consumes 40 units of electricity before it gets fully charged. If you do charge it on a daily basis, it will additionally add 1200 units to your LESCO bill or at least 600 units if you skip a day. The rate of LESCO during peak hours is PKR 15 per unit and an off-peak hour unit costs around PKR 9.5. The following table shows what additional burden the charging of this smart car may add to your monthly bill.

The smart car can cover approx. 150 KM in a single charge
The smart car can cover approx. 150 KM in a single charge
NK smart car battery charger
The battery charger of NK Smart Car
No matter how poorly manufactured Suzuki Mehran is but at the end of the day; it is a car that is accepted by a vast majority in Pakistan.
Unconvinced for buying something that costs nearly 15% less than the tiny Mehran and giving no feel of a decent car compelled us to look for the actual price on the internet. After a little research, we could find few vendors on where this smart car is being sold for USD 2,727 if you buy a single unit.
Back in Pakistan, the price can be translated into PKR 286,335 excluding local duties and taxes. The price for a single unit cannot go beyond PKR 430,000 if 50% duty is imposed on it. However, the cost can be brought down further if mass import or production is taken into account.
The duty on such vehicles which are used in golf courses and airports is not more than 5%, Khurram told during the conversation