High-profile guests and media gathered here at Beach Luxury Hotel earlier today to witness the unveiling of Nur-E 75, Pakistan’s first electric car prototype.
Presented as a gift for Pakistan on its third silver jubilee, the car has been designed and developed by DICE Foundation, a US-based non-profit organization, run by expatriate Pakistanis from US, EU, etc. along with support from local academia and industry. DICE Foundation has been working in Pakistan for the last 15 years promoting innovation, capability building, and converting ‘Brain Drain’ into ‘Brain Gain’.
The event kicked off with a bustling red carpet with patriotic songs being played in the background and animations of the car design playing on a loop on a SMD screen, setting the tone of the evening.
Hosted by A K Memon the programme then commenced with tilawat and the national anthem after which Memon welcomed the guests and gave a little background about DICE Foundation and its many important ventures to promote technological innovation in Pakistan, especially the NUR-E 75 as the first indigenous electric car of the nation.
He then introduced the chairman and founder of DICE Foundation, Dr Khurshid Qureshi, a leading expert on the development of autonomous vehicles. Dr Qureshi walked the audience through the journey that brought NUR-E 75 into existence, using slides to highlight the various steps undertaken on this long and arduous task.
He said “I cannot stress enough ON the significance of this innovation and how it will be a game-changer both for Pakistan’s economy as well as for the well-being of the common man of Pakistan, once it comes into the market in the last quarter of 2024. What’s more, this E car will play a phenomenal role in the context of the environment and climate change and will help us move away from non-renewable fuel consumption.” This prototype is of a 5-seater hatchback but we also have plans to develop a sedan and small SUV on the same common platform.
Dr Qureshi also thanked all the partners who helped make this milestone achievement possible: NEDUET, DSU, NCA, TEVTA Punjab, NUST, SSUET, Amreli Steels, PSG, Kruddson Aluminum.
The floor was then open for questions and answers after which the unveiling ceremony of Nur E 75 took place amidst a lot of applause. Excited guests posed for pictures with it and admired its sleek design and cutting-edge technology.
As guests enjoyed refreshments and mingled, there was an air of optimism and pride at the sight of such an engineering marvel. It is certain that NUR-E 75, unveiled on a historic day, will go on to be remembered as an important step in Pakistan’s path toward innovative and sustainable technologies; and its journey towards sustained economic prosperity.