Prime Minister Imran Khan launched Pakistan’s first environment-friendly electric motorbike in Islamabad on Thursday.
While addressing the ceremony, he emphasized the requirement for giving attention to promoting electric vehicles to lessen the air pollution in big cities where it has reached dangerous levels.
“Currently, in Lahore, the level of air pollution would reduce the human life anticipation by eleven years,” PM Khan highlighted.
According to him, the government’s policy of electric vehicles is included in the Clean and Green Pakistan initiative as trees are being planted and national parks are being increased to rise green cover.
Unfortunately, Pakistan has the lowest forest area proportion, even less than India, the prime minister grieved, stating that we shortened the forest footprint left by the British after the partition.
He further stated that cities are expanding owing to the growing population. The government is working on master plans of cities so that their expansion can be prevented and address the pollution issue, he said.
Jolta Electric, a Pakistani company, has manufactured the E-bike, a major step towards electrifying the automobile industry of the country. It is available in several models which include sports bikes and scooty. It requires low maintenance and is energy efficient.
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A five-year Pakistan Electric Vehicles Policy 2020-2025 had been approved by the existing government last year that predicts targeting a robust electric vehicle market. It will have a 30 percent share in passenger vehicles and a 90 percent share in heavy-duty trucks by 2030 and 2040, respectively.