In an interview with a mainstream news outlet, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) for the Environment Malik Amin Aslam announced that the government is in the aggressive pursuit of fulfilling Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of a clean and green Pakistan and that this entails normalizing Electric Vehicles (EVs).
The SAPM revealed that the government is planning to install fast-charging stations for EVs on the motorways and other highways across the country and that the government is negotiating special electricity rates with the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to decrease both the production costs and running costs of the EVs.
When asked about the EV registration process, Aslam responded that the government has devised a formula and that the interministerial committee formed to oversee the matter has also devised incentives for the imports, registrations, duties, and other ownership-related concerns of EV users.
SAPM declared that the government is on the fast-track to introduce and normalize the use of EVs across the country as multiple ministries and other concerned departments are running feasibility checks to set up a sustainable infrastructure and policy in this regard.
He said that the developments will significantly reduce both fuel expenses and air pollution in the country.
“The government has set a target to bring half a million electric motorcycles and rickshaws along with more than 100,000 electric cars, buses, and trucks into the transportation system in the next five years,” he added.