The debate began when the all charismatic owner of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshawar Zalmi and CEO of Haier Pakistan Javed Afridi tweeted “TESLA IN PAKISTAN” early this month. The masses started talking if Tesla, the most valuable electric car company in the world, was really going to enter the Pakistani market. Now, in yet another development, Afridi has reportedly expressed that Prime Minister Imran Khan himself will be meeting with Tesla executives to discuss the launch of Tesla in Pakistan.
Sabir Shakir reported that Javed Afridi says that he himself has held a few meetings with Tesla’s executives. And that they have revealed their interest in investing in the Pakistani market, which is exciting. But the most noticeable bit of information is that PM Imran Khan is all set to meet with the Tesla executives to explore investment opportunities in the Pakistani electric vehicle (EV) industry.
Now that the news of PM Pakistan going to meet the Tesla executives is out and people are wondering about the possibility of Tesla coming to Pakistan, Javed Afridi says “In Sha Allah”.
Pakistan’s presence in the electric vehicle space may be pretty much non-existent right now but it has been taking great strides in the right direction for the past year. With British, Chinese, and American electric vehicle investors having expressed an intent to enter the Pakistani market, it seems that confidence in Pakistan’s EV future is only growing.
Right now, there are only two electric cars in the country, the Audi e-Tron and BMW i3. With the new EV policy in action, many international electric vehicle producers are making their way to the Pakistani EV sector. Javed Afridi and MG Motors are bringing the MG ZS EV. Audi e-Tron Sportback is also reportedly coming to Pakistan. We are also expecting a hybrid car by Sigma Motorsport. And now, the chances of Tesla’s debut in the Pakistani market have become brighter.
As if to further underscore these ambitions, Javed Afridi tweeted the following in response to a recent news story covering his plans: