In a recent announcement by the Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, it has come to light that Islamabad will get electric buses by the end of December. The capital city of Pakistan shall be the first city to have a public transport system that will not only be efficient but also environmentally friendly.
A ceremony to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was recently held between the Minister of Science and Technology and the CEO of a European Electric Bus Manufacturing Company EGV. Minister Fawad Chaudhry informed the media that the European manufacturer is set to invest $4 billion to set up an entire electric bus manufacturing plant in Pakistan.
This is not the first MoU signed for the introduction of electric buses in Pakistan. Just a couple of months ago, Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service joined hands with a Chinese automaker, Skywell Automobile in an effort to introduce electric buses in Pakistan.
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Minister Fawad Chaudhry also announced to the media that 120 buses will be imported by the federal government before the end of December 2020. However, the local manufacturing of these buses will start in 2021.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
According to the minister, the government has also decided to install electric vehicle charging stations all along on the motorway. This will not only assist people who own electric vehicles but also encourage the public to shift to this environmentally friendly mode of transportation. According to his statement, we can expect development regarding this initiative within the next 6 months.
It is a wonderful step by the government to try to preserve our environment. What better way than to introduce electric vehicles that can cut down the air pollution significantly? This introduction is exciting. Let’s see when we will get to travel in electric buses in Islamabad.