Careem and Uber-like ride-hailing services have made life easier for many in Pakistan. The convenience has changed the transport sector within the country. Now, e-bike, Pakistan’s first-ever electric bike-sharing platform, wants in on the action as well.
In its initial phase, the platform will first provide its services in the capital city of Islamabad. Eventually, it will bring its affordable, fast, and eco-friendly commute service to other cities as it expands.
This venture by Roamer Technologies aims to “transform the urban transportation in Pakistan in a healthy and environmentally friendly way, offering people a cost-effective and convenient commute,” according to CEO Mohammad Hadi.
exBike focuses on the reduction of air pollution, to improve traffic congestion and accessibility, and of course, help Pakistanis save fuel costs.“Peshawar will be the next destination with Lahore and Karachi launch planned in the next phase,” Hadi added.
How To Book An ezBike?
The startup has many pickup/drop-off points across the city (similar to Careem/Uber). However, unlike having someone come to pick you up from your location, you have to physically go to the pick-up point to get an EV bike.
At the point, you’ll be required to register your information and make the payment. You can also use the e-bike application to reserve an EV bike for you. You’ll eventually be given a designated drop-off point where you can park the bike for someone else to use then.
How It Works:
- Find the closest bike on the EZBike app.
- Reserve and head to the bike
- Scan the QR code on the bike’s handle to unlock it
- Put on the helmet and go.
- To end the ride, park it at any green zone and hit ‘end ride.’
What Are The Charges?
As of now, unlocking the bike will cost riders Rs.5 and cost Rs. 5 per minute. However, the application comes with a useful feature that allows individuals to run errands by pausing the ride. The charges in that mode are Rs. 2 per minute.
Moreover, ezBike has partnered with Jazz to provide connectivity and promote digital payments through JazzCash.
Keeping in mind the novel coronavirus’s current situation, the team behind the startup wants you to rest assured that each bike is thoroughly sanitized. To ensure safety and for hygienic purposes, each rider must carry their own helmets.
Furthermore, each bike ride will be constantly monitored from the HQ to ensure the safety of the riders and protect it from damage/theft. In a COVID that impacted the world, “self-drive provides a safe way for people to move around while maintaining social distancing,” the company CEO shared.
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