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Pakistan FERN CAR

Pakistan’s first Formula Electric Car to represent Pakistan at Formula SAE® Lincoln competition

KARACHI: Pakistan’s first ever Formula Electric Car is all set to knock the international doors.

The car has been designed and made by undergrad students from National University of Sciences and Technology (PNEC-NUST).

A five-member team including Abdul Aleem, Shariq Waqar, Ahsan Lakhani, Imran Riaz, and Syed Muhammad Taha Rizvi unveiled the car at an event in Karachi, making Pakistan one of the six countries to be a part of the Formula SAE Lincoln 2016 competition.

Speaking at the expo, Abdul Aleem told about the car’s specifications:

“The Project FERN car weighs 275 kilogrammes and is capable of achieving the top speed of 110 km/h with an acceleration of 0-75 km in 4.8 seconds. It runs on Lithium Ion Polymer Batteries. Some of the car’s salient features include Rack & Pinion Type steering system, Single Piston custom-made aluminum Calliper braking system, and an Unequal A-Arm suspension system with push rods with SP-4 way dampers,” he said.

Aleem revealed that Bank Alfalah is the official sponsor behind this project.

Bank’s President and CEO, Atif Bajwa said that developing the country’s first Formula Electric Car and representing Pakistan as the finalists for the acclaimed Formula SAE® Lincoln competition from Asia are landmark achievements not only for NUST but for the country.

Formula SAE Lincoln-2016 is a leading American competition for undergraduates to be held in Nebraska in June in which 30 teams from six countries have qualified to take part. FERN emerged as the only team representing not only Pakistan but the entire Asia.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.