All About Electric Vehicles in Nepal.

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The electric vehicle industry in Nepal is still in its early stages, and although it has a long way to go before reaching the level of development seen in other countries, electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular in the country. And it’s already a popular segment of vehicles in Nepal.

The government of Nepal has been trying to encourage people to use electric vehicles as a means of transportation. They are trying to promote the use of green vehicles by setting up charging stations across the country. However, there is a need to improve the infrastructure for electric vehicles and to increase awareness among the public about it.

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of EVs sold in Nepal. There are many reasons for this. We will be discussing these things in detail below.

Advantages of Electrical Vehicles in Nepal:

People are realizing that EVs are more efficient than traditional vehicles. Electric vehicles use significantly less fuel and produce much less pollution than traditional vehicles. And the thing we all like most is that you won’t have to wait in long lines at the gas stations :).

We have listed the few benefits of owning EVs in Nepal below.

  • Electric vehicles are environmentally friendly because they don’t emit harmful gases.
  • It doesn’t have many of the same parts that diesel or petrol cars do. Electric vehicles do not need as much maintenance, and it saves you money.
  • EVs do not require routine spare part replacement.
  • The cost of fuel for electric cars is less than it is for petrol or diesel cars. Research shows that electric vehicles are less expensive than petrol or diesel vehicles in Nepal. Electric vehicles can help Nepal reduce its dependency on fossil fuels.
  • There are no road taxes for electric cars in Nepal.
  • As the government of Nepal is promoting the use of electronic vehicles, we can get better financing facilities with less upfront down-payment.

Electric Vehicle Disadvantages in Nepal:

There are very few charging stations available in Nepal.

While we can charge most brands of electric cars at our own houses, it takes longer to recharge them.

For longer trips, make sure your vehicle has enough charge so that you can avoid running out of charge and having to halt your travel for some good hours.

Another point we would like to mention is that our roads in Nepal are not well maintained and are not very friendly to electric vehicles.

Nepal’s Electric Vehicle History

Trolley Bus Of Kathmandu: The Lost History of EVs in Nepal.

The introduction of EVs to Nepal started with the establishment of an electric trolleybus (Tram) in Kathmandu in 1975. It was the start of the EV revolution in Nepal. The Trolley Bus system totally died by the end of 2009 because of mismanagement.

In 1993, battery-powered Safa Tempos, some of which can still be seen on Kathmandu’s streets, was introduced to replace the city’s diesel-run three-wheelers, Vikram Tempo.

The vehicles went on to become a tremendous hit, and at the peak of their popularity, there were more than 700 Safa Tempos, seven Tempo manufacturing plants, and 38 charging stations.

Some Glimpse of Safa Tempo.

 

Things went bad by 2009–10. Their expansion was stifled by competition from microbuses, inconsistencies in government policies, lengthy power outages, and the high cost of batteries.

After the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) successfully eliminated power outages in 2017, the way people looked at electric vehicles started to change.

The increased popularity of EVs in Nepal is that the technology for battery cells has made great strides. Today’s EVs are much more efficient than they were just a few years ago, and the batteries are relatively lower in price and have much greater capacity. So, it’s possible to get several hundred kilometers per charge.

The government has hence planned and started electric buses as public transport in Kathmandu and is going to increase their numbers soon. Sajha Yatayat and Sundar Yatayat are a few examples of companies running green vehicles in Kathmandu. Aside from buses, the Nepalese government intends to launch an ambitious East-West electric railway service by 2030.

Electric Vehicle Technology in Nepal.

We already talked about how Safa Tempo was started and how it created opportunities for jobs and gave an alternative to diesel public transport. We had our own company in Nepal to manufacture these Tempos.

The Nepal government has already started talks with Motrex (a Korean company) to set up assembling EV plants in Nepal. They intend to assemble Hyundai and Kia vehicles in Butwal.

( source: kathmandupost.com

According to different international news portals, there are 20 EV assembly plants from different countries registered in Nepal in recent years. They will bring their technology and expertise along with them.

Not only that, there are many homegrown Nepali start-ups, such as Yatri Motorcycles and others, developing their own EV products.

Nepal’s Electric Vehicle Future

According to the National Automobiles Dealers’ Association (NADA), the sales of electric vehicles in Nepal have increased by 600% from April 2021 to January 2022.

There were 1,200 electric vehicles sold during that time period. This shows that consumers are attracted to EVs thanks to their low-maintenance costs and low customs duties.

Again, the recent increase in gasoline and diesel prices could be one of the factors boosting EV sales.

The future of EVs in Nepal is undeniably bright, but we must remember that it is only possible with proper movement policies, and the most important factor is a nationwide charging station network. 

Changing stations’ conditions are not bad as of now as NEA has committed to installing 50 charging centers by 2023.

Private companies like Tata Motors, BYD, Hyundai, and MG Motors, have committed to installing charging stations all over Nepal. Read more about EV charging stations here in this post.

Conclusion

The electric vehicle industry in Nepal is still in its early stages. There is a need for more research and development on the use of electric vehicles in the transportation sector. The government should provide support to the industry and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. As the world becomes more and more connected, the need for a sustainable mode of transportation is growing. Electric vehicles are the future of transportation, and the electric vehicle industry in Nepal is without doubt good and moving in a positive direction.