The news: The first electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Pakistan has been installed in Islamabad. The task of installing the unit was undertaken through a collaboration between the Ministry of Climate Change and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Charging station: The charging station can be used by citizens to charge their electric cars or other vehicles at a PSO petrol pump in the F-7 Markaz in Islamabad. The Barqtron Energy Company set up the charging station after the charging equipment was supplied and commissioned for the PSO station.
Yet another target of transfering motor vehicles to electric power set by Federal Minister Science & Technology @fawadchaudhry has been achieved. The first ever electric vehicle charging unit has been installed in Islamabad. More EV manufacturing units would also be established. pic.twitter.com/tpXCKSpswX
— Ministry of Science & Technology (@MinistryofST) July 27, 2020
The future: Fawad Chaudhary, the Federal Minister of Science and Technology recently tweeted about the developments in Pakistan regarding electric vehicles. He said that the inauguration of functional EV charging stations was an important goal for the Ministry of Science and Technology, which aims to encourage e-vehicles as a mode of transportation in the future. He also said that only 1% of duty charges will be applied to electronic vehicle manufacturing plants in order to foster their development in Pakistan. The minister plans to bring about a shift in the number of vehicles running on battery power in the country.
Pakistan’s EV policy: The government of Pakistan approved an EV policy on June 10, developed by the Ministry of Climate Change. The policy had been approved by the prime minister Imran Khan earlier in November, with a goal to cut down air pollution, protect the ecosystem and reduce the effects of global warming. One of the goals of this policy is to bring half a million electric motorcycles and rickshaws, and more than 100,000 electric cars, buses, and trucks, into the mainstream transport system of Pakistan over the next five years. If these goals are achieved, at least 30% of all vehicles in the country will be battery operated and chargeable with electricity by 2030.
Pushback: The government received significant resistance from traditional automakers, after which the implementation of the policy was designed in a way that the first phase mainly focussed on motorbikes, rickshaws, and other forms of public transport vehicles. It was reported that the incentives for the development of electric cars would be announced at a later stage.