Government determined to implement the ambitious NEVP – even if the auto industry opposes
Here's all you need to know about NEVP - National Electric Vehicle Policy.
The government is fully determined to implement the NEVP (National Electric Vehicle Policy), despite facing staunch opposition from the automobile industry. The concerned authorities aim to make it fully operational by January 2020.
The federal cabinet gave the EVP a formal go-ahead during a meeting on November the 5th. The Ministry for Climate Change (MoCC) subsequently summoned an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday to discuss the implementation.
”The NEVP needs to be operational by January 2020 by validation of incentive packages through the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC),” according to the directives by the MoCC to relevant ministries and departments.
The ministry said that an inter-ministerial committee would be formed having members from federal line ministries, provinces, private sector, and academia. The committee will be overseeing all matters relating to the smooth implementation of the policy and creating a pathway towards the local manufacturing of the vehicles.
What is the ambitious NEVP?
The NEVP is an ambitious road map towards tackling the challenges posed by climate change and pollution. It has the following salient features:
- Turning 30 percent of the total number of vehicles in the country into electric cars.
- Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
- Bringing down the rate of pollution and smog by introducing electric cars, trucks, vans and tri-wheeler rickshaws.
- Boosting the local car industry.
- Affordable transportation as cost of traveling will be significantly reduced.
- Cutting the import bill of oil, which currently is about $2 billion annually.
What are the concerns of the auto industry?
The Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (Pama) Director-General, Abdul Waheed Khan told a local news source that they had not been taken into confidence regarding NEVP.
Waheed said that they were surprised to know about NEVP being an agenda of the November 5th meeting because they were not even invited. He said the auto industry is concerned about how the government has taken such an important decision without even informing them. Waheed urged the ministry officials to enlighten them about NEVP’s current standing.
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