The government of Pakistan is planning to set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) dedicated to electric vehicle manufacturing with assistance of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), said Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam.
Addressing a meeting with the delegation of electric vehicle manufacturers from China on Friday, the Adviser said:
“There is plenty of skilled to semi-skilled workforce available in Kamra (Attock), the proposed site for the SEZ. Electric vehicles will not only bring reduction in environmental pollution but also minimize Pakistan’s oil import bill.”
Currently, Pakistan has more electricity supply than demand while the government is paying power producers in terms of capacity. This makes the situation conducive for introducing electrical vehicles in the transport sector. Malik Amin Aslam added:
“The ministry had also negotiated for installation of electrical charging infrastructures with oil marketing companies whereas their response was encouraging.”
The Chinese delegation was of the view that electric vehicle market was newer to the world and it expressed pleasure that Pakistan’s government was eager to benefit from it.