Keeping pace with time and increasing global demand, the government has planned to expand the use of electric vehicles in the country. As per estimation, the move will see about US$2 billion of fuel cost cut annually. Taking this fuel effectiveness into consideration, authorities concerned are urging the government to increase the use of hybrid cars and vehicles as many see them as a good investment for the future both economically and environmentally. As the use of electricity run vehicles increases, the government is planning on bringing these vehicles under regulation.
As nations across the world prepare to tackle climate change, global demand for environment-friendly cars has increased in the past few years. Till date, China is leading the list when it comes to the use of electric cars and vehicles closely followed by the US, Norway, Japan and the UK. According to a report by International Energy Agency, the number of electric cars on the road is predicted to expand to 125 million worldwide. A Bangladeshi vehicle manufacturer has plans for setting up factories which will provide locally-assembled electric vehicles by March of 2020, a move that will see Bangladesh taking a huge step towards automation.
As a nation at the forefront of the battle against climate change, the use of e-vehicles will be seen as an alternative to fuel-run transportations reducing carbon emission significantly. The vehicles will be cost effective, amid a mileage of 200 km with a battery life of six years. But for the vehicles to run and operate effectively essential steps have to be taken. Roads and highways need to be improved in order to avoid accidents. Fast-charging stations have to be set-up in refilling stations across the city and along the highway. As of right now, BRTA has drafted several guidelines regarding these vehicles. In addition, necessary car parts and engine equipment for fixing cars when necessary should be available for e-vehicle users.
Compared to developed nations, Bangladesh is way behind when it comes to the use of environment-friendly vehicles. But keeping pace with rest of the world, people are experimenting alternatives for effective outcome. Government should grasp this opportunity for both its financial and environmental benefits as it provides a step towards the right direction.