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NEPRA Decides EV Charging Tariff

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) concluded the hearing on fixing the tariff for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS).

The hearing was conducted at the NEPRA Head office in Islamabad while stakeholders participated virtually.

Pakistan is actively pursuing electric vehicles policy, and the government announced some relief measures for the usage and import of electric vehicles in the current budget.

Chairman NEPRA, Tauseef H. Farooqi, while chairing the meeting, remarked that a maximum cap for electric vehicle charging would be fixed, as the government is trying to make the charging tariff much lower than petrol.

Chairman NEPRA said that Electronic Vehicle (EV) stations would not be able to charge more than the stipulated price. NEPRA officials briefed the hearing that it would cost 40 units on average to charge an electric vehicle. According to the briefing, the e-vehicle charging tariff is Rs. 45.80 per unit, and the average distance per unit is 12 km.

After the hearing, the Chairman NEPRA said that all stakeholders should send their proposal and suggestions to the authority within a week. He also commented that all proposals would be considered before a decision is made. “We will protect the investors of EVCS and also will not allow any exorbitant profits through such stations,” he added.

The authority will issue a decision after considering the suggestions of the parties.