Battery power electric buses to soon arrive in Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhry

The minister said that the buses will be fully manufactured in Pakistan in three years’ time

The Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that battery-powered electric buses will be introduced in Pakistan soon. The federal minister said that a strategic alliance agreement would be inked between Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Services and Skywell Automobile to set up the electric vehicle value chain in Pakistan.

“Another big step towards fulfilling the promise. The strategic alliance between Daewoo Pakistan and Sky Alliance Company has been signed to bring the Electric Buses to Pakistan today. From this year, electric buses will start running in Pakistan, and in three years, full manufacturing of these buses will start in Pakistan,” Chaudhry tweeted.

Pakistan is looking to shift its vehicles on to electric power. An electric vehicle policy was unveiled for this purpose in June. The government plans to support the establishment of electric vehicle manufacturing units in Pakistan. Recently, the minister for energy Omar Ayub Khan inaugurated an electric vehicle charging station in the federal capital as well. It is one of the few charging stations of its kind in the country.   

The need to think green

Climate change is a massive concern around the globe. The rising temperatures are affecting everyone, and being an agrarian economy, Pakistan is expected to be one of the worst affected countries in the world. Lowering the carbon footprint and ensuring a greener Pakistan is the only option. The government has launched a 10 billion trees plantation project, which will undoubtedly help in improving the air quality. There is also an emphasis on the production of power through alternative methods such as solar and wind. These can significantly reduce the carbon footprint in Pakistan in the next one to two decades and reduce the ill effects of climate change in the country.

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