Sindh govt to run first tests for Karachi electric buses

The provincial government of Sindh will be running tests for environment-friendly Karachi electric buses.

The provincial government of Sindh will be running tests for environment-friendly Karachi electric buses.

In a move aimed at improving the environment of the city where vehicular emissions contribute to its poor air quality, the provincial government will be running tests for environment-friendly buses in Karachi. The provincial government of Sindh will be running tests for environment-friendly Karachi electric buses.

In a message posted on social media site Twitter, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the provincial government is launching a new bus service in Karachi today (Monday)

These will be Pakistan’s first-ever electrical public transport vehicles that are completely environment friendly. The routes will be finalized after the test run for the Karachi electric buses is complete.

In 2021, Sindh Transport Minister Syed Owais Shah had launched firs time in Pakistan’s first electric bus in Karachi.

Speaking to the media after the launching ceremony, he had promised that additional electric buses would be brought on to the city’s roads in cooperation with the private sector. As many as 100 electric buses were planned to hit the road by the end of 2021 but it did not transpire.

Electric buses are set to play an increasingly important role in the energy transition. In order to fight climate change, the UN and individual governments are aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the year when, according to the industry experts, cities will account for two thirds of the world’s population and consume 75% of its resources.

Both in cities and elsewhere, transport is a major polluter, and for this reason creating cleaner, more sustainable systems is vital. Electric buses are a key part of that process.

Explaining the benefits of green transport, Prof. Dr. Ibrar Shinwari of International Islamic University said that electric buses help eliminate air pollution as they are not powered by fossil fuels, but by sustainable resources.

They have zero tailpipe emissions, including nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. This isn’t only good for the air quality of a city, it also makes life more pleasant for its residents: let’s face it, the exhaust fumes of a diesel bus (whether it’s moving along a street or at a standstill at a bus stop) aren’t only bad for our health, they are also irritating.