The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam says that the National Electric Vehicle Policy might be the answer to the air pollution and smog crisis in Pakistan as well as being beneficial for the economy according to a post by News Week Pakistan.
According to Malik Aslam, the National Electric Vehicles Policy that was approved last November will make cheap environmentally friendly available in Pakistan.
Some incentive packages are being planned by the government to encourage use of electric vehicles among consumers.
Coming to the economy, the Adivisor to the Prime Minister says that these policies and the use of electric vehicles will lower the country’s import bill for oil in the long term.
According to the Aslam, Pakistan is already producing locally manufactured batteries and would also be able to compete in the international market due to last year’s policy.
In an interview with PTV News, Adviser to the PM said that conventional cars were to blame for the poor air quality of Pakistan and that by using more environmentally friendly alternatives will improve the air pollution and smog crisis of the country.
However, there still remains a major hurdle, that being getting people to switch over from conventional gas/fuel powered vehicles to electric especially since people have already been paying hefty taxes for the current vehicles.