a year ago Electric vehicle drivers in Islamabad and Lahore breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday with the installation of two EV charging stations along the M-2 Motorway in Bhera and Pindi Bhattian. According to the punjab government, five additional electric vehicle charging stations will be erected on highways and motorways across the country. Tesla Industries in Pakistan designed, built, and installed the two currently operational stations.
Among the locations are the Rashakai Service Area (Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway, M-1), Tandliyanwala Service Area (Lahore-Islamabad Motorway, M-3), Dandewal Service Area (Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad, Khanewal Motorway, M-4), Khanewal Service Area (Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad, Khanewal Motorway, M-4), and Hazara Service (Hassanabdal-Havelian Expressway E-35). EV charging stations are often included in contracts with petrol stations. A 120 kWh charger (which can fully charge a 70 kWh battery in 40 minutes) and a 60 kWh charger are available at the charging stations (it takes more than an hour to fully charge a 70 kWh battery).
The authorities have assured that the contractor, M/s MORE (Pvt) Ltd, establishes the EV charging stations while taking into consideration the number of electric vehicles used for transportation on a certain road. M/s MORE (Pvt) Ltd, the BoT concessionaire for M-2, has also built an EV charging station at the Bhera Service Area on M-2. In response to the steadily increasing number of EVs, other fuel stations along the highway network will install EV charging stations. The Sir Syed University of Engineering is developing automotive chargers. Work is also being done to produce faster chargers in order to reduce charging times.
The government has prioritized the chargers because “Nur-E 75” will be released soon. With assistance from local academia and industry, the DICE Foundation, an American non-profit run by Pakistani expats in the United States, Europe, and other countries, created and constructed the nation’s first indigenous electric automobile, known as the Nur-E 75.
Dr. Khurshid Qureshi, Chairman and Founder of the DICE Foundation and an expert in the development of autonomous vehicles, stated during the presentation that Pakistan has only imported innovation since its founding 75 years ago, whereas South Korea and China have prospered over the same time period. The design was created by the National College of Arts, and all of the charger’s components were made in Pakistan (NCA).
After eight hours of charging with a 220V connection, the automobile can go 210 kilometers at a speed of 120 kilometers per hour. The “Made in Pakistan” automobile has been heralded as a watershed moment in the country’s economic stability. Pakistan has also made the first step in this direction, as the global automobile industry embraces the electric vehicle revolution. The project will almost probably fix all of the country’s economic difficulties.
Series A, B, and C financing rounds will be utilized to fund commercial production. The vehicle will be introduced under the JAXERI brand. The proposal states that the following phase will result in a sedan, followed by SUVs, however the original prototype is a five-seater hatchback. Automobile mass production will save the environment and money that would otherwise be spent on fuel imports. With access to this technology, Pakistan will be on level with Western nations in terms of electric car technology, making local economic stability easier to maintain.
According to officials, the construction of DC-fast charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is conceivable at up to 85 locations along highways. The report, “Developing Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Across Pakistan’s Highways and Motorways,” was created by the LUMS energy institute in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change and the National Center for Big Data and Cloud Computing to highlight the challenges and opportunities that users face when adopting EVs (NCBC).
To alleviate “range anxiety” in the adoption of modern electric vehicles in Pakistan, “there are about 85 locations across M-1, M-2, M-3, M-4, M-5, M-9, and N-5 appropriate for the installation of DC-fast charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles (EVs),” according to the report.
When Pakistan ratified the Paris Climate Agreement, it promised to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030. As a signatory to the Paris Agreement, Pakistan has an excellent opportunity to approach the international community for help in better tackling its environmental concerns. Any significant environmental changes will have a severe influence on Pakistan’s rural economy.