First electric vehicle charging station begins functioning in Islamabad

First charging station has been set up at the PSO station in federal capital


APP July 27, 2020
First electric vehicle charging station. PHOTO COURTESY: TWITTER/@MinistryofST

ISLAMABAD:

The first electric vehicle (car) charging station launched and set up a few days back in the federal capital of Islamabad has been made functional.

The first charging station has been set up at the Pakistan State Oil (PSO), F-7 Markaz by Barqtron Energy Company .

The charging station was made functional after successful completion of supply, installation and commissioning of electric vehicle (EV) charger for PSO.

The Ministry of Science and Technology's spokesperson termed the initiative as a welcoming move for the country which would soon witness electric vehicles plying on its roads.

According to the recent tweet of Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain, the opening of EV charging station would help encourage electric vehicles as future transportation.

He also said that there would be only 1% duty on the establishment of EV’s manufacturing units in Pakistan. "The Ministry of Science and Technology is also working on a policy to shift vehicles on battery in the future."

Passed on June 10, the new policy was originally approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan in November, with the goal of cutting air pollution and curbing climate change.

It aims to bring half a million electric motorcycles and rickshaws, along with more than 100,000 electric cars, buses and trucks, into the transportation system over the next five years.

The goal is to have at least 30% of all vehicles running on electricity by 2030.

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