JW Forland and Daewoo Pakistan delegation visits Ministry OF Climate Change, interested in setting up electric bus assembly in Pakistan

Islamabad, June 21, 2019 (PPI-OT): JW Forland was anxiously waiting for Pakistan’s electric vehicle policy and that company was encouraged with new government’s plan to catch the pace of the world for going electric, said Mr. Gary Gao General Manager Oversees, in a meeting with Prime Minister’s Adviser on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam. A delegation of JW Forland, manufactures of Foton vehicles, and Daewoo Pakistan visited the Ministry of Climate Change the other day and expressed their willingness to set up electric bus manufacturing facility in Pakistan.

The other members of the delegation included Mr. Kevin Xia, Director South Asia Region and Shaheryar Chisty, Chairman of Daewoo Pakistan. Visit of the delegation came subsequent to the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s visit to China where Premier visited JW’s manufacturing plant in Beijing and invited the company to set up a similar facility in Pakistan. Federal Minister for Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said that Government was planning to set up a Special Economic Zone in Attock, exclusive for electric vehicles, with the help of Pakistan Air Force. There was plenty of skilled to semi-skilled workers in Kamra, the proposed site for the SEZ.

Electric vehicles will not only bring about reduction in environmental pollution but also cut on Pakistan’s energy import bill. Currently Pakistan has more electricity supply than demand while government is paying to the power producers in terms of capacity. This makes the situation conducive for electrical vehicles. Ministry of Climate Change has negotiated the installation of electrical changing infrastructure with oil marketing companies and the response was very encouraging. Said Minister of Climate Change. Chines delegation said that EV market was newer in the world and they were happy that Pakistan’s government was eager to harvest its fruits.

JW Forland expressed their desire to set up an assembly for electric vehicles especially buses who are also interested to run electric buses in urban areas of Pakistan with the help of Daewoo Pakistan. Both companies will submit their proposal to the Ministry of Climate Change, which is finalizing EV policy, in a couple of weeks. However they expected out of the box support from the government keeping in view the fact that EV buses were not commercially viable without government support. Delegation told that more than 80% urban bus system in Beijing comprises EV buses and that Chinese government had to provide heavy subsidy/ support for that.

They also requested the Minister to speak to the Governor Sindh for the introduction of electric buses for green line metro project of Karachi, which is solely funded by the Federal Government. Mr. Chisty, CEO of Daewoo Pakistan, said that his company was ready to invest in EV but government would have to support extraordinarily as technology was not cheap.

Mr. Amin said that he would speak to his government and that they were considering Islamabad and Lahore for that purpose adding that Lahore was facing a severe problem of environmental pollution while Islamabad was small and manageable city. It is pertinent to mention here that Federal Government is taking the issue of environment pollution and climate change very seriously and has come up with enthusiastic plan of 10 Billion tree plantation program. Moreover, Prime Minister of Pakistan has tasked Ministry of Climate Change for framing Electric Vehicle Policy with the help of stake holders and as per global trends.

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