Pakistan will convert 30% of four-wheel vehicles into electric vehicles

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan approved a policy under which 30 percent of four- and three-wheelers would be converted in the country, a measure that would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution .

Federal minister for climate change, Malik Amin Aslam, after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, shared with the media a detailed picture of how the government would implement the National Electric Vehicles (EV) policy, Dawn News reported.

According to the report, Aslam said the government had targeted 30 percent of the total number of vehicles in the country to convert them into electric cars. For this purpose, local car manufacturers had already completed 90 percent of the work, he said.

I recently visited Karachi and I was surprised to see that local automakers await cabinet approval for electric vehicle policy so they can launch their electric vehicles to the market, he said.

The minister said the EV policy would help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. "In developed countries, the ratio of emissions of greenhouse gases from vehicles in total volume of environmental pollution is 20 per cent but here in Pakistan it is 40 per cent.

"With introduction of electric cars, trucks, vans and even three-wheeler rickshaws, the rate of pollution and smog will drop," he added.

Aslam said another advantage of the policy was affordable transportation, since the cost of operating electric vehicles was much lower than driving vehicles with gasoline, compressed natural gas (CNG) or other fuel.

He expressed the hope that the use of electric vehicles would help the government drastically reduce the oil import bill, which is said to be US $ 2 billion annually.

Another benefit of the policy is that it will boost the local automotive industry and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the country, the climate change minister said.

He said that more than 3,000 CNG stations in Pakistan, which had been closed due to gas shortages, could be converted.

The minister said special electric car manufacturing units would be installed in the Special Economic Zones under construction that are being established under it.