Launched by Zar Motors, the Z5E-Tricycle, or in layman’s language the electric rickshaw, will soon be plying on the roads of Pakistan, starting from Peshawar.

With hybrid cars fast gaining a lot of popularity across the country, it’s a good time to introduce and market electric vehicles. There are initiatives in the pipeline to replace petrol-based motorcycles with E-bikes.

The next logical step, then, would be to convert the poor man’s limousine, the auto-rickshaw, to a source of power that’s more economical. And that’s exactly what’s happening.

The E-rickshaw’s running costs are expected to be significantly lower than the petrol and CNG-based vehicles. Also the new-kid-on-the-block has a sleeker, more futuristic look that sets it apart from the image of the traditional rickshaw.

Charging the gel battery of the Z-5E will be as easy as charging your cell phone. You just have to plug into any normal 220-240 volt outlet, a full charge expected to take around four hours. Fully-charged the rickshaw will take you as far as 130 kms without any problem.

The environment-friendly rickshaws are low on noise and easy to maintain, with comfortable seats and easily available spare parts, so it’s safe to assume that they’re going to gain popularity shortly after introduction.