ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Monday said the government was committed to switch 30 percent of all new vehicles to electric by 2030.
In an interview with Arab News, he said the transition would be kicked off with 100,000 vehicles and 500,000 motorcycles and rickshaws in the next four years.
The advisor said the government would soon offer tax benefits and incentives to manufacturers and importers of electric vehicles in order to reduce its inflated oil imports’ bill, carbon emissions, boost industrial growth, and create jobs.
On Nov 22, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s Information Secretary Ahmad Jawad in a statement on Friday had said the government had decided to introduce electric buses in the country to cope with the issue of air pollution.
He had said bids would be opened for award of contracts for the renewable energy projects.
The PTI information secretary had said the government had also invited bids for setting up renewable energy projects in the country to tap the investment potential of 40 billion dollar, eyeing 30 percent renewable energy in the system by 2030 and together with hydroelectric power to be 60-65 percent of the energy mix.
In Oct, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had introduced bicycle-sharing system for the commuters travelling through the much-delayed Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
Passengers could use these for travelling between 30 Zu bicycle stations and BRT stations.
The bicycle-sharing is the distinct feature in Peshawar BRT project, which has not been introduced with any other BRT system in the country. The KP government had said that construction of bicycle track along the BRT corridor would provide healthy and pollution-free environment.
For this purpose, 360 bicycles have been bought from China. Seats of the cycles are adjustable so that people of different heights could easily mount on it. It also has automatic LED lights and reflectors.
After registration and submitting security deposit, travelers would be able to rent the bicycle through Zu smartcard or mobile application.