With Pakistan’s very first and still quite ambitious National Electric Vehicle Policy (NEVP) already approved by the authorities and finally put in place to facilitate the green transformation of the automotive industry, it is time to reflect on the feasibility of this new one. plan. At the same time, industry leaders, government officials and consumer base have questions to answer before taking a leap of faith for a new electric-powered Pakistan.
In this Zonergy blog post, our experts will try to explore the main infrastructure issues while opting for electric vehicles and present a viable research-driven solution for them.
Why is this THE time to say no to fossil fuels?
According to a policy document from Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change, hydrocarbon-fueled transport is one of the main causes of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 43% of the country’s air emissions. The air quality index in most of our developed cities generally remains below average and we are losing precious lives, talented minds and a hardworking workforce to this deadly air pollution.
The loss of precious human resources is then followed by a huge oil import bill of around $ 13 billion. (Just for a quick reference which equals 2,201,980,300,000 in Pakistani rupees). This heavy oil import bill coupled with the current account deficit has always proven to be a source of imbalance for our economic stability and growth.
According to a LUMS report, if our transportation sector continues to grow at the same double-digit rate, the bill for oil imports is expected to reach an alarming $ 30 billion by 2025. Ask yourself, are we really? able to afford this loss? given the circumstances we are facing?
Electric vehicles (EVs) – the only possible way out for Pakistan
In order to overcome these health, economic and human resource challenges, we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and vehicles powered by hydrocarbons. We need to switch to electric vehicles.
First, since electric vehicles do not emit any unhealthy pollutants, their adoption by Pakistani drivers will greatly reduce emissions of harmful gases. Second, as the increasing trade deficit is one of the main reasons for the stagnation of economic growth in Pakistan, the switch to electric vehicles will drastically reduce the import bill for oil – which is arguably the biggest import commodity. for Pakistan. More than that, electric vehicles have within them the potential to create a whole new manufacturing and service industry in our country, leading to the creation of multiple green businesses and employment opportunities (around 3,000,000 new jobs) . And all this while improving the overall socio-economic situation of our country.
Speaking of the momentary aspects of this transformation, if the target penetration of the first five years is reached as planned, Pakistan will prudently reach around PKR 110 billion per year in savings and income.
Okay, so electric vehicles are the best possible option available at the moment. Now, to maximize the benefits of this transformation, we need to ensure that electricity for electric vehicles does not have to come from burning fossil fuels or hydrocarbons.
Rather, we should use available renewable energy technologies (like solar and wind power) to our advantage and use them as our primary sources of energy, power and movement.
Electric vehicles and solar energy – a heavenly marriage!
Expressing the same concern, the CEO of a renowned engineering company reported in an interview that 30,000 electric vehicles were estimated to consume 1% of Pakistan’s total production capacity.
This brings us to our next question, how is Pakistan going to power all these environmentally friendly electric vehicles? As a starting option, the government can surely count on supplying the network to supply the first batches of electric vehicles. But this model requires a lot of infrastructure development and would certainly take a long time.
Another simpler, more efficient and faster solution is to promote and adopt solar energy solutions to facilitate the continued use of electric vehicles among Pakistani consumers.
The funny fact is that only 10 solar panels can produce enough electrical power to get an EV to travel 21,000 kilometers in a year.
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