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Pakistan launches electric vehicle plan with cars in slow lane

(Reuters, 29 Jun 2020) The goal is to have at least 30% of all vehicles running on electricity by 2030 - but cars have been left out of first phase after pushback from automakers.

Ghulam Hussain was used to zipping through the streets of Lahore with his wife and three young children perched perilously on his motorbike, whenever they visited relatives or ran errands.

But now that Pakistan has launched a plan to move vehicles over to electric power, Hussain is excited about the prospect of no longer spending 4,000 rupees ($24) each month on petrol.

"It would be a substantial saving for me to switch to an electric motorbike," said Hussain, who works as a driver for a family in the upscale Gulberg district, earning about 20,000 rupees a month.

"Eventually I'd like to buy a small car for the family, as the children are getting older. I would buy an electric car, if they are affordable."

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Reuters, 29 Jun 2020: Pakistan launches electric vehicle plan with cars in slow lane