The new addition at Islamabad’s Kohsar Market is not a multistory residential complex or a new shopping mall. It is a charging station for electric cars. Automobile companies, around the world, are now more interested in manufacturing electric cars than diesel-run cars. All of this is being done in an attempt to tackle the growing threats of climate change.
The irreversible effects of climate change have become quite visible across the world. Therefore, any step to deal with the climate change is commendable.
Electric Cars Around The Globe
Electric cars in the US are selling like hot cakes. In fact, Tesla, Inc. (one of the leading automobile companies of the US) had, back in 2016, reported a record breaking number of pre-orders when the company launched its new electric car.
Moreover, two neighboring countries of Pakistan, India and China, are also paving the way to prioritize the manufacturing of electric cars. Furthermore, India is also offering subsidy on electric cars to encourage more people to buy them.
Is Pakistan Ready For Electric Cars?
New technology takes time in the country to be accepted widely. It is expected that by the end of the current year, BMW may introduce few lower- and mid-range models in Pakistan. However, the question remains: can people of Pakistan afford electric vehicles?
Unlike India, Pakistan hasn’t announced any subsidy on electric cars. It is most likely that the sales of electric cars in the country will be directly proportional to the affordability of people. Whereas, protecting the environment from further damage, which is the main reason behind manufacturing electric vehicles, will become a secondary objective.
However, the future of electric cars in Pakistan is still uncertain and experts believe that Pakistan should take measures to increase the affordability of electric cars.
The country has been battling with energy crisis. With expensive and unreliable energy supply, the auto industry of the country has never been interested in electric cars. However, the situation in Pakistan is changing and the government of Pakistan should also introduce a policy to monitor the trade of electric cars in the country. This move will not only bring international automobile manufacturers to the country but will also encourage buyers to buy electric cars. Until then, the future of electric cars in Pakistan hangs in the balance.