ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday launched Pakistan’s first locally manufactured electric motorbike (e-bike) at a ceremony in Islamabad to promote eco-friendly environment in the country.
The e-bike is manufactured by a Pakistani company Jolta Electric and is considered a major step towards electrifying the country’s automobile industry. The e-bike is energy efficient and requires low maintenance.
The launching of e-bike is part of the present government’s five-year Pakistan Electric Vehicles Policy 2020-2025, approved last year that envisaged targeting a robust electric vehicle market having a 30 percent and 90 percent share in passenger vehicles and heavy duty trucks by 2030 and 2040 respectively.
Addressing the launching ceremony, the prime minister said that manufacturing of electric vehicle was a part of the project to make Pakistan clean and green.
He said we have to live for this world as if we have to live for one thousand years, while for the next world we have to live as if we will die in one day.
Shedding light on environmental degradation in the country, the PM said the pollution of Lahore can cut short a human life by 11 years. “Unfortunately, the jungles left by the colonialists have further been reduced, while filthy water is being dumped into Pakistan’s sea,” he maintained.
Imran Khan said China’s development was based on planning of 30 years. Unless the state policy was for long term you cannot make a roadmap, he added. The government is making a master plan to stop cities from spreading, he said.
“We never thought to take benefit of Allah’s blessings by utilizing raw material of Pakistan. Inflation and poverty rises when rupee devalues,” he said.