ISLAMABAD - Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has underlined that in an era when electric vehicles (EVs) are shaking up the auto industry globally; the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government (PTI) is taking serious steps for implementing an electric vehicle policy to tackle the growing threat of pollution in all mega cities of the country.

Talking to PTV news here on Saturday, Malik Amin Aslam said that the incumbent government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan has been taking emergency measures to improve air quality by using best available technologies.

The vehicles running on dirty fuels and spewing hazardous smoke in the major cities were the major reason for pollution and smog, so they would be gradually replaced with hybrid or electric-run vehicles, he stated. The PM’s Advisor urged youth to join hands in making country clean and green, and turning it into an environment friendly place for present and for future generations.

The PTI government to localize EV manufacturing in the future, which will enable Pakistan to become a part of the global value chain of electric vehicles, he added.

Malik Amin said that electric vehicles in country would solve many of the issues including air pollution, reduce fuel import bill and save about two-thirds cost of transportation.

He said the incumbent government is now taking all its stakeholders from energy to automobile industries, onboard for effective results in future.

To address worsening air pollution in major cities, the Advisor to PM on Climate Change said PTI led government is introducing electric cars in the country and that the move would have far-reaching impact on the country’s environment.

Electric vehicles revolution in Pakistan following the EV policy, which was framed after consultation with all relevant stakeholders from government and non-governmental sectors, are going to be a big step for the people to switch from fueling at the pump to fueling at an outlet, said Amin Aslam.

E-mobility is the future of modern cities, the adviser said adding, the overarching EV policy was approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan which would help boost pollution-free transport facilities in the country soon. It is Eco-friendly, low-price and the money used for oil importation would be reduced, he hoped.

He emphasized that the initiating of electric vehicles would help boost Pakistan’s economy and introduce new jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities as specific power stations to charge the vehicles would have to be established.