ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, has revealed that Pakistan will become the first country of South Asia that would introduce battery-powered electric buses, reported on Saturday.
Fawad Chaudhry, in his Twitter message, said that the budget of science and technology has increased by up to 600 percent in the current year. The minister added that he would make efforts to hike the budget to 1000 percent next year.
He credited Prime Minister Imran Khan for his special attention in the sci-tech sector, saying that the government has brought back the country to research and development with the support of the premier.
Chaudhry said that ministerial commissions are being established with Russia and the government is now focused on the European Union (EU) and United States (US). “It is our failure for not manufacturing engines, but we will make up solar panels and lithium batteries in the next three years. The energy system of the country will be completely changed.”
He further announced that Jhelum biotech park will become the largest herbal medicine park of South Asia, whereas, Pakistan will be the first country that would manufacture battery-powered [electric] buses in the region. On November 20, it emerged that the government had set to launch electric buses in the country to combat air pollution. As per details, the federal government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with private ride-hailing service to introduce electric vehicles in the country.
The MoU was signed by Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhary and CEO of bus hailing service in Islamabad on Tuesday, according to Radio Pakistan.
Under the MoU, the company will introduce electric battery-powered buses and also spend 12 billion rupees to expand its transport bus service in the country. The federal cabinet meeting, held on November 4, had given approval to the draft policy of electric motor vehicles.
the cabinet gave approval to the country’s electric motor vehicle policy. PM Khan ordered that the commerce and industry and production ministries will provide guidance to the federal government for the implementation of the policy