Demand of electric vehicles in Nepal is growing and commoners are showing more interest on it.
The rising cost of fossil fuel, the country has to pay for importing it, environment concerns, climate change issues are driving force to people to consider to shift into electric drive. Electric drive will also support consumption of electricity generated by hydropower plants and other renewable energy technologies like Solar PV systems.
After an electric vehicles exhibition organised by Nepal Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) in September, another electric vehicles exhibition with slogan ‘Charging Towards an Eco-Friendly Future’ was organised by S D Expo Media and coorganised by Indian Exhibition Services. Media partner of the event was Auto Nepal Magazine.
The three day exhibition was inaugurated jointly by Managing Director of Nepal Electricity Authority Kul Man Ghising and social worker Sapana Roka Magar. Around 50 business companies who produce or trade batteries for electric vehicles, charging systems, repair and maintenance equipment, electric bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, three wheeled service vehicles, car and electric bus. The event also served as a one roof solution to ev buyers to meet producers and suppliers.
The China made minicar Henery was one of the attractions for the visitors. The car is small, silky and well designed for city transportation. Price of the car was also attracted the visitors.
Similarly, a number of electric scooters made in China and made in India drew attractions.
The three wheeled electric vehicles manufactured in Nepal were another attraction. The passenger carriers, goods carriers are the specialities of the three wheeled products. The three wheeled evs are made by Mithila Auto Kraft Pvt. Ltd., based in Janakpur. These products are suitable for Terai plains where ups and downs are negligible.
The 14 seat electric bus produced in Nepal was one other attraction. The features of the electric bus suite for movements in Terai plains. The price of the electric bus is 3.1 million Nepali rupees. The company authorities say that electric buses suitable for hills and mountains are also in plan of the company to produce in future. (By Ram Dangol)