Pakistan’s 1st Electric Bike-Sharing Service Launched in Islamabad. Here's all that you need to know
The Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haque, inaugurated the service and named it ‘EZ-Bike’.
Pakistan’s first electric bike-sharing service has been launched in Islamabad. According to the Federal Government, the service will initially be launched in Rawalpindi and Islamabad only. The Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haque, inaugurated the service and named it ‘EZ-Bike’.
At the inauguration ceremony, Amin Ul Haq said:
The service would be an excellent facility, especially for working women. Electric vehicle technology is the biggest game-changer for the mobility market.
What exactly is the EZ-Bike service?
Developed and launched by Roamer Technologies, EZ-Bike has been brought to people in partnership with Jazz. Citizens can connect to the service through Jazz sims and can make the payment via JazzCash.
The EZ-Bike service can be accessed via the EZ-Bike app. The citizens can use the app to locate the electric bikes installed around the city at specific spots and reserve an electric bike parked nearby for personal use. Once the bike is rented, people can ride it to their destinations. Upon completing the usage, citizens can park the bike in the designated area identified by the EZ-Bike mobile app. As soon as the bike is returned and parked, another user can reserve the bike for usage.
From registration to booking and payment, the EZ-Bike service process is entirely digital. As per the creators, citizens will have to pay Rs. 5 to unlock the bike and Rs. 5 per minute to ride it. The rider can also stop the bike to run errands, during which they would pay a reduced rate of Rs. 2 per minute.
What is the mission behind EZ-Bike?
Roamer Technology, the Islamabad-based startup, plans to deploy over 2,000 bikes across the country next year. The new EZ-Bike service aims to change the concept of public transport in Pakistan significantly.
International bike-sharing companies have already revolutionized the transport system. Many different companies have deployed over 100,000 bikes across 88 cities of the world.
Inspired by the concept, Pakistan’s current government has been focused on bringing electric vehicles to Pakistan. In light of this mission, the ruling government has passed several e-vehicle friendly policies in the last two years.
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