ISLAMABAD, 08 July: Prime Minister(PM) Imran Khan launched Pakistan’s first environment-friendly electric motor bike in Islamabad.
Addressing the launching ceremony, PM stressed the need for focusing on the promotion of electric vehicles to cut air pollution in cities.
“The level of air pollution Lahore has at present would reduce the life expectancy of a human by eleven years,” PM Khan pointed out.
He said electric vehicles are part of our clean and green Pakistan initiative as trees are being planted and more national parks are set up to increase green cover.
Unfortunately, Pakistan has the lowest proportion of forest area, even lower than India, the PM lamented, adding we shrank the forest footprint that the British left after the partition.
He further said cities are expanding due to the growing population. The government is preparing master plans of cities to prevent their expansion, he added.
Jolta Electric manufactured the E-bike
A Pakistani firm, Jolta Electric, has manufactured the E-bike, which is being billed as a major step towards electrifying the country’s automobile industry. The E-bike available in various models including scooty and sports bike is energy efficient and requires low maintenance.
The incumbent government had approved a five-year Pakistan Electric Vehicles Policy 2020-2025 last year that envisages targeting a robust electric vehicle market having a 30 percent and 90 percent share in passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks by 2030 and 2040, respectively.
Prime Minister(PM) Imran Khan said that the federal government was transforming the traditional techniques in the mineral and gems sector by introducing the latest technology.
As per details, PM Imran chaired a meeting of the gems, jewelry, and minerals task force here in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Industries Makhdoom Khusru Bakhtiar, Special Assistant to PM Dr Shabaz Gill, Chairman Gems and Jewelry Task Force Engineer Gul Asghar Khan, Atif Khan, members of the task force and relevant authorities.