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Pakistan Introduces The Country’s First Electric Vehicle Charging Facility

Credit: Daily Pakistan.

In an attempt to reduce the air pollution and to address the climate challenges by reducing the vehicular exhaust, Pakistan has installed its first electric vehicle charging unit in Islamabad’s Jinnah Avenue. The development came after the policy to shift the country’s vehicles to electric power was approved last month.

“The EV charging facility has been set up by Attock Oil,” Samaa TV quoted Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary as saying.

“The opening of EV charging stations was another target of Ministry of Science and Technology to encourage electric vehicles as future transportation,” the minister said in an earlier tweet, announcing the launch of the stations. “EV manufacturing units will also be established in the country,” he added.

Pakistan first-ever Electric Vehicle (EV) policy was approved in June 2020 which implies that vehicles would be shifted on electric power. It was decided that the motorcycles and vehicles would be shifted on electric power, while some EV Manufacturing Units would also be established in the country.

It was also ascertained that there would be merely one percent duty on the establishment of EV’s Manufacturing Units in Pakistan.

The new policy was passed by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), which was collectively formulated by the Ministry of Industries & Production, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Climate Change and mainly dealing with the two-wheeler and three-wheeler vehicles.

Passed on June 10, the new policy was originally approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan in November last year, with the goal of cutting air pollution and curbing climate change.

The policy aims to bring half a million electric motorcycles and rickshaws, along with more than 100,000 electric cars, buses and trucks, into the transportation system over the next five years. The goal is to have at least 30 percent of all vehicles running on electricity by 2030.

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