ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – November 6, 2022): The National Electric Vehicles (EV) Policy plans to introduce half a million electric motorbikes and rickshaws, as well as more than 100,000 cars, buses and electric trucks, into the transportation system over the next five years.
As the country faces environmental challenges due to multiple factors including transportation, coal emissions and industrial emissions, the Electric Vehicle Policy 2020 has set a goal to reduce air pollution and to curb climate change, sources told APP here.
They said the world is also moving towards environmentally friendly technologies, keeping environmental issues in mind and electric vehicles have the potential to solve the critical challenges facing Pakistan in the 21st century.
Since electric vehicles emit no pollutants, the introduction of electric vehicles will largely limit emissions in the transport sector, they said.
The sources said the EV policy has set the goal of reducing air pollution and curbing climate change. The EV policy also focuses on developing national charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, they said.
They said electric vehicles have now become a reality in Pakistan and the number of electric vehicles is constantly increasing in the country.
At the same time, charging infrastructure is being rolled out in different parts of the country to serve electric vehicles, they said.
The power regulator also announced the rate that EV charging station owners will charge for their services. Owners of public EV charging stations are considered commercial consumers.
Electricity distribution companies (DISCO) must charge a single part Rs. 25.02/kWh off-peak and peak hour tariff with zero fixed charge and exemption from monthly FCA.
Owners of public EV charging stations are entitled to a maximum cap of Rs. 50/kWh net of taxes to be charged for their services.
NEPRA also announced standards and specifications that owners of public electric vehicle charging stations must adhere to and included them in the Consumer Services Handbook.