Govt plans to convert CNG stations into EV charging terminals
ISLAMABAD: The government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has approved an environmental policy that includes the proposal to convert 3,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations across the country into charging stations for electric vehicles, according to a report.
Nevertheless, the paper, published on Wednesday, reported that the Ministry of Climate Change was putting a lot of work into promoting electric vehicles in Pakistan to help safeguard the natural environment, but practical policies for turning the vision into a reality had yet to be implemented.
The federal cabinet had approved the first-ever national electric vehicle policy the previous year, according to data available with media sources, with the aim of dealing with the negative impacts of climate change and providing affordable transport to the common people over the next four years.
An official told a media source that policymakers were considering the details of how the government wished to manage power consumption in the future when high concentration of EV home charging overused local power transformers during peak hours / periods.
“The charging stations for EVs will require electricity that will be supplied through distribution companies only, unless someone makes their own power supply arrangements,” the official added, noting that many questions about the policy remained unanswered.
“Can battery powered EVs be competitive with conventional fueled vehicles in next five to ten years?” the official asked. “How and when will cost-effective charging infrastructure be developed in the country?” the official further asked.
A climate ministry spokesperson on Tuesday said that motor vehicle carbon emissions were considered one of the biggest reasons for air pollution, which was why the ministry was working tirelessly to implement electric vehicles all over the world.
“The use of electric vehicles may help resolve many issues, including air pollution, rising fuel import bill, and saving two-thirds on transportation,” the spokesperson said.