Malik Amin Aslam, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change, inaugurated an environmentally friendly e-taxi for the country’s northern regions on Monday.
He said at the launching ceremony of the first-ever electric vehicles being introduced as e-taxi in the hilly terrain of northern areas through a joint venture between Sapphire Group and Faisal Movers, “I congratulate Sapphire Group and Faisal Movers for their joint initiative, as they are embracing the future in the field of advanced mobility and sustainable growth.”
According to a special assistant, electric vehicles would be offered as taxis through a cooperative venture. Mr.Aslam stated that the e-taxi service is a vital service for the United Kingdom, dealing with the effects of rising temperatures such as snow slides and glacial lake outburst floods.
He said that the introduction of automobiles into the scenic tourist destinations of the United Kingdom would usher in a change in the area through environmentally beneficial transportation. The proposal has been welcomed by GB Chief Minister Khalid Khursheed Khan, who has also been taken on board on the topic, according to the SAPM.
He claimed that while the United Kingdom had enormous tourism potential, it was also vulnerable to climate change.
“As fuel-based automotive emissions are harmful to the local ecosystem and ecology, we have a responsibility to protect it. We cannot pollute GB since it generates a significant portion of our tourism,” he continued.
He stated that the e-taxi would go from the federal capital to Murree and Nathia gali, adding that the vehicle’s powerful engine and battery capacity would travel through steep terrain.
“Since the advent of electric vehicles, charging infrastructure has become a huge issue, but our government is providing incentives for charging stations to be erected across the country,” he told the audience.
Mr Aslam stated that electric vehicles (EV) are the future of the globe and that the government, in light of global trends, introduced an EV policy in 2019, which was approved by the cabinet after many steps.
“Climate change is a major concern in Pakistan. So the country has embarked on several forestry and energy-related projects. We’re planning to switch to a 60% renewable energy mix to clean up our energy mix,” he said.
“We have a risk of air pollution,” he added, adding that the transportation sector accounts for 40% of Pakistan’s emissions. Therefore, EVs are a win-win solution for Pakistan because they cost 60% less to operate than gasoline-powered vehicles and release 70% fewer emissions.”
He praised the electric car manufacturer Build Your Dreams (BYD) for putting its faith in the Pakistani market and introducing its products there.
“We are excited about this technology. China is the world leader in electric vehicle technology. We are also turning to China for help in setting up EV manufacturing plants in Pakistan. It’s a terrific day for Pakistan to welcome EVs at this early stage, as they will provide citizens with a dignified and environmentally sustainable mode of transportation,” he added.
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