Friday Jan 08, 2021
KARACHI: Two companies have joined hands and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the first three electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations across Karachi and its connecting highways.
According to a statement, Shell Pakistan Limited (SPL) and K-Electric (KE) have selected Shell Defence Filling Station on Khayaban-e-Bahria, Askari Filling Station at Gulshan Town, and Mardan Filling Station at Gadap Town for installing 50 KWH rapid chargers.
"Over the next 3 to 5 years, SPL and KE will explore the opportunity of additional sites and strategically expand the EV charging network," the statement said.
Shell Pakistan will engage in the deployment of charging station equipment, site preparation, installation and manage its operations, while KE will ensure grid enhancement.
The federal government has recently approved a policy to promote the use of electric vehicles in Pakistan, as an eco-friendly mode of transportation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan shared a vision that by 2030, 60% of the energy used in Pakistan will be green.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Taha Magrabi, General Manager Retail of Shell Pakistan Limited stated: "There are around 1 billion cars on the world’s roads. This means that the transport sector has a fundamental role to play in helping global efforts to reduce emissions."
K-Electric’s Chief Strategy Officer, Naz Khan said: “With the Government of Pakistan announcing a target for 30% of all vehicles in the local market to be electric by 2030, KE, with Shell, looks forward to facilitating customers towards utilising EVs and contributing to long-term environmental sustainability.”
The two companies, which operate in parallel industries, will also evaluate other collaborative business opportunities.