Yesterday, we got the news that the government of Pakistan has approved the first electric vehicle policy for cars. Now The News has revealed that Toyota Pakistan is planning to launch an electric tricycle in Pakistan.
An agreement between Hiroyuki Toyoda, chairman of T-Trike Company – a subsidiary of Toyota Motors – and Rana Abid Hussain, president of Pak-Japan Business Council, was recently signed for the distribution rights of electric tricycles.
Hussain told The News that initially 3,000 electric tricycles would be introduced in Pakistan, while in the next phase the electric bicycle will also be manufactured locally for which talks are underway.
The council president said the chairman of the company is scheduled to meet the Ambassador of Pakistan in Japan Imtiaz Ahmed next week after which the formal exports will take place.
The vehicle will be introduced in partnership with the Pak-Japan Business Council. The new electronic tricycle developed under the supervision of Hiroyuki Toyoda, a son of Kiichiro Toyoda, the founder of Toyota Motor Corporation. The modern electric tricycle can carry a weight of 150 kilograms and after a full charge, it can run up to 60 kilometers.
The new auto policy is encouraging newcomers in Pakistan’s auto field that are importing semi knocked-down and completely knocked down cars in the country. Their prices are still out of the range of the majority of customers. Taxation is yet to be rationalized to make car ownership affordable, according to local analysts.