Difficulties Faced by Pakistani Owners of Electric Vehicles
  Nov 16, 2023     Arifa Hussain  

Difficulties Faced by Pakistani Owners of Electric Vehicles

EVs are regarded as the cars of the future. With consistently growing sales, EVs are becoming more prevalent in international markets. Within the next few years, ICE (internal combustion engine) automobile sales will be surpassed by EV sales.

Pakistan, like a lot of other places, lags far behind other countries in terms of EV adoption. In spite of audacious government declarations and the implementation of an EV policy, our nation has made no substantial progress in adopting electric cars.

The owner of a recently imported Tesla was upset when a video of the vehicle sitting at an EV charging station went viral on social media because the station lacked energy.

Additionally, a large pricing sheet that reads "Rs 70 per unit" is posted on the charging booth. This is a lot and will negate the advantages of owning an EV in Pakistan.

In Pakistan, power outages are frequent in both the summer and the winter. In most parts of the nation, load shedding occurs for many hours every day in the domestic and even industrial sectors. But in terms of electric cars, how can we consider switching to EVs if the EV charging station itself is without electricity or loses power while charging? After all, while the rest of the world is investigating alternative energy sources like solar and wind power, Pakistan still primarily uses fossil fuels to produce expensive electricity.

When it comes to automobiles, we are already far behind in terms of safety regulations, build quality, emissions, fuel economy, and acquiring new models—the majority of cars that are released in Pakistan are globally retired models. When the rest of the world is already at Euro 5/6 and getting set to go to Euro 7, we still follow Euro 2. This puts us, in terms of emission norms, at least 22 years behind the rest of the globe, which is one of the main factors contributing to our increased environmental suffering.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are seen to be an excellent method of reducing reliance on fossil fuels, which helps both mitigate environmental effects and lower a nation's fuel import expense. When the EV policy was being developed, it was precisely what was emphasized.

The secret to increasing the pace of EV adoption in Pakistan, however, is the continuous supply of energy at charging stations—along with a pointless 50kWh battery cap that only serves to benefit the country's current ICE players. In the absence of such, the prospect of electric vehicles becoming commonplace in our nation will remain a pipe dream.

Electric vehicles (EVs) provide a viable way to lessen reliance on fossil fuels, solving environmental issues and reducing a country's fuel import costs. Widespread EV adoption in Pakistan is hampered by restrictions, including a 50-kWh battery cap that appears to be intended to benefit current ICE players and the critical problem of continuous energy availability at charging points. If these obstacles are not overcome, the goal of having many people drive electric cars in the nation will never come true.

Arifa Hussain