The German luxury car manufacturer BMW and its local partner, Dewan Motors, have launched Pakistan’s first public charging station for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in Lahore.
The charging station is universal for all BMW plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and a first such facility in the entire Middle East region.
The charging station which is called “BMW ChargeNow” has been installed as both the companies are anticipating a growing potential of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in the country. The Emporium Mall Lahore takes the lead; however, the Group plans to install two more charging stations each in Islamabad and Karachi by the end of current year.
ChargeNow is a network of charging stations that provide plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle owners with easy, quick and secure charging services.
It takes around 2.5 to 3 hours for fully charging a BMW X5, an official of the Dewan Motors explained the audience.
The audience was told that Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) allows significant fuel saving and CO2 reduction without limiting the typical BMW dynamics.
In pure electric mode, the X5 vehicle can drive up to 30 KM and achieve the top speed of 120 KM/H.
Other than public charging stations, the vehicles can also be charged at home by using a conventional domestic socket.
Mr Johannes Seibert, Managing Director of BMW Group Middle East, said, “Today is an important milestone for the Group: not only does it mark the inauguration of the first public BMW charging station in Pakistan but also the first in the entire region.”
“Dewan Motors’ investment in this technology is a significant step in supporting the BMW Group’s vision to offer Electromobility internationally, and in providing easy access to charging stations for customers of our plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles,” he added.
He continued, “Before the end of this year, we have the plan to add two more charging stations, another one in Islamabad and the third one in Karachi.”
“The latest BMW plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles offer even greater mobility than conventional Hybrid vehicles making it possible to have everyday motoring purely on electric mode with practically little to no requirement for fossil fuels”, said Mr Dewan Mohammad Yousuf Farooqui, Chairman, Dewan Motors.
He added, “Not only does this result in minimum to zero emissions; but also tremendous fuel savings. This as you know sir, has a direct and very positive impact on foreign exchange reserves of the country.”