In a major step towards promoting the use of electric vehicles in Pakistan, the e-Mobility Research and Development Center was inaugurated at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering at LUMS’ Lahore campus.
This state-of-the-art research and development facility is poised to drive local advancements in electric vehicles, batteries, electronics, and technical standards. The facility aims to support innovations in locally designed electric vehicles, and refining battery solutions.
The launch of the e-mobility center marks the “latest milestone in a decades-long partnership between the United States and LUMS,” U.S. Consul General in Lahore Kristin Hawkins said. “Just as the United States supported LUMS during its founding, we are pleased to support LUMS as it takes on today’s modern challenges and opportunities through innovative research and education efforts.”
LUMS Provost Dr. Tariq Jadoon expressed gratitude for the ongoing support from the U.S. government in achieving a clean, efficient, and reliable energy sector in Pakistan, emphasizing the importance of collaborative partnerships with the private sector for sustainable and inclusive growth.
“This Centre is not only to support the manufacturing and use of affordable means in Pakistan for climate crisis, urban air pollution, but also for reducing the dependence on reported fossil fuel. This will support all the digitalization efforts. More than 30 different companies in the two-wheel and three-wheel space have been offered licenses in the EV value chain,” Dr. Jadons said.
The event drew notable figures from LUMS, the electric vehicle and battery manufacturing industry, and representatives from USAID’s Power Sector Improvement Activity.
Experts expressed hope that the e-mobility research and development (R&D) center at LUMS would emerge as a symbol of innovation and environmental stewardship, heralding a new era of electric vehicle advancements and sustainable development in Pakistan.
The new R&D was established as part of the U.S.-Pakistan “Green Alliance” framework, a collaborative effort to address environmental challenges and promote sustainable development.