The cheapest PKR 50 thousand smart car arrives in Pakistan?

NK smart car

Ever thought of a brand new smart car that costs only PKR 50,000 today and consumes no petrol and CNG? Of course, there are expensive hybrid and electric vehicles, but those cannot be called an item for masses in Pakistan.

I can recall an experimentation of an engineer of Rawalpindi city, a few years ago, who claimed to run his car on water and even gave a live demonstration on a leading TV show. I have no idea if it was for real, or the bigger automobile and oil mafia suppressed this concept which could have shaken the entire auto industry, but the public did not believe in his theory.

However, 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 for taking it to workshops now and then.

“My idea for introducing the smart car in 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 there is no reason to change oil and air filters because it runs on battery, and no such thing exists inside. The concept is to save time and money.”, Khurram told while explaining the idea.

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 smart 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 an earlier response or someone just misunderstood the offer. The NK Smart Car is on sale for PKR 0.6 million, Yes, PKR 600,000. 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 to 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 as it needs a lot of maintenance which is not the case with the smart car,” Khurram argued.

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

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

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.

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. 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 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
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 alibaba.com 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

 

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  1. Asalamoalikum Dear Pakistani’s. i am in China and base on experience i like to share some facts. Remember its a good car for those countries where you have electricity supply not like our country and this kind of electric vehicle or cars need at least 12 to 15 hours battery charging time. and in our country even in big cities we have electric load shedding so charging it very difficult. and its true this kind of cars dont need a lot maintenance in country where road are good not like our country another bad point. and also remember it dont have gear mostly it has 3 gears and not like petrol cars. and one more it point when it comes to road with elevation this car is on battery so again it wont work very well. i have one in china i am using it so i know better. and one more point in cold weather this cars battery sucks dont give you good performance. and its battery life is 2 years if you charge it in proper way…. when i say proper its mean proper. so Please my Pakistani brothers in Pakistan dont be get fool by this guys who is selling you this car. dont buy …. take care .. hope you understand me well. and for Khurram Bhai if you want to bring anything good in Pakistan form China so buy electric paddle rechargeable e bikes which is more cheap and more effective to ride and affordable by our people. and easy to handle with very very low maintenance charges….. wasalam .. any one got pain with my comment please keep the pain inside you i need to help those who are doing to be tricked by this car business….

    • Hello Ghulam, The importer of this car was in the comment area as well. Please note the contact detail of the importer of the above car. In case someone wants to buy it;
      Name: Mr. Khurram
      Ph: 0300-8231420

      This is the only number we had when we talked to him at the time of running this story. We are not sure if he is still dealing or not. But please feel free to contact him.

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