Tuesday, September 15: In a recent development, Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister of Science & Technology, has signed an MoU with Capital Development Authority. The particulars of the memorandum include the plan to make Islamabad the first city with an all-electric mode of transport in Pakistan. The project will be completed in the next 3 to 5 years. With no harmful gas emissions, all-electric green transport will help in reducing air pollution. Moreover, it will also help boost the economy by saving millions of rupees spent on fuel consumption.
During the signing ceremony, Fawad Chaudhry shared that initially, 30 buses will be running on Islamabad roads with the capacity of serving 48,000. With the advent of this technology, we will be able to save 30-barrel fuel that will cost up to Rs. 510 million annually.
He additionally said that around 25% of global warming has been caused due to conventional fuel consuming transport. In order to reduce the harm, there is an essential need to shift towards more environmentally friendly means of transport. He emphasized the need of adopting all-electric transport in one particular region in the first decade, to notice a significant difference in emissions rate.
Talking to the media, he informed that necessary actions have already been taken by the government to shift from conventional to modern means of transport. In this regard, the government has signed an agreement with Skywell Automobile which states that 120 buses will be imported in Pakistan by the end of 2020.
Having said that, Fawad Chaudhry added that the automakers will be allowed to install their own production plants in Pakistan so they can begin assembling their transport locally. This project will be completed in the next 2 to 3 years as per the agreement.
Apart from this, he also announced that the Ministry of Science & Technology has collaborated with Swedish automaker to introduce specially designed 3-wheeled EVs for women.