The federal cabinet has finally approved an electric vehicle (EV) policy for Pakistan. The aim is to increase the number of electric cars on the road, put a dent in the oil import bill and control air pollution.
After several months of complications and dealing with various challenges, the policy has now been given a green light by the federal cabinet. This policy will improve the situation in Pakistan drastically. The policy will allow affordable transportation as the cost of running electric vehicles was much lower than that of vehicles on petrol, Condensed Natural Gas (CNG) or other fuel. More than 3,000 CNG stations, which are not operational due to gas shortage, could be converted into EV charging stations. Many Jobs will be created as a result of the new industry, CNG station owners might be able to restart their failing businesses .
Talking to the media, Federal Minister for Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam elucidated the national EV policy and how the government plans to implement it.
Mr. Aslam said that they are aiming to convert 30% of the total cars in Pakistan into EVs and added that the local car makers had already finished 90% of the work. He said,
In developed countries, the ratio of emissions of greenhouse gases from vehicles in the total volume of environmental pollution is 20% but here in Pakistan, it is 40%. With the introduction of electric cars, trucks, vans and even tree-wheeler rickshaws, the rate of pollution and smog will drop.
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16 November, 2019