Electric Vehicle

Features and Advantages of EV in Nepal

  • Enhancement of existing local Nepal EV companies
  • fleet operation using the same charging station infrastructure as the Safa 3 wheelers
  • Clean competition or zero emission alternative for diesel micro-busses
  • The eventual possibility to phase out existing diesel polluting buses and mini-buses ( eventual ban on older vehicles already announced by HMG/N )
  • A safer EV for public transportation in Kathmandu, which can still move more gracefully and silently through traffic due to its smaller size
  • A faster overall pollution reduction in Kathmandu Valley, more modern looking, safe, quiet and reliable public transportation system.
  • Use of Nepal's own comepletely clean and indigenous hydro power instead of using imported non-renewable fuel.  Rising prices of fuel for transport has caused several riots in past years.

Kathmandu has the highest electric vehicles per-capita in the world. Successfully in operation since 1994 , now 600  (clean) "SAFA TEMPOS" ply the streets as a public transportation system.  These electric vehicles (EVs) leave zero emission and use Nepal's indigenous renewable hydro power resources and also rely on Nepal's own EV system integration industries and operators employing over 1000 Nepalese every day. The ELECTRO-BUS program aims to offer an alternative to replace same portion of the 20,000 pieces of 20 year-old internal combustions vehicles such as diesel busses etc. that now heavily pollute the Kathmandu Valley and discourage tourism.

The new Safa tempos (3-wheel electric passenger vehicles) have proven themselves as a viable and sustainable substitute for the heavily polluting Diesel Vikram tempos and therefore allowed HMG/N to ban the diesel version eliminating an estimated 25% of the diesel pollution in the Kathmandu valley.

Following is the list of some advantages and silent features of Electro-Bus

Advantages:
  • Presents and alternative to 20 year old heavily pollutingvehicles  
  • Substantially reduces overall Kathmandu valley pollution
  • Offers larger seating capacity of 14-20 seats
  • Presents no dangers of leaking LP gas
  • Needs no internal subsidy from Nepal Oil Corporation to be commercially viable
  • Does not produce uncontainable waste
  • Helps Nepal revive its crippled tourism industry
  • Presents passengers with added safety over three wheelers
  • Uses Nepal’s own clean excess off-peak hydro power and save Nepal foreign currency
  • Modern design will help Kathmandu’s overall look

Salient Features:

  • Ranges between 90-120 Kilometers per charge without battery exchange
  • Charges by Off peak hydro Power
  • Seats between 14-20 passengers
  • Runs at speeds up to 45 KM/hr and reaches the higher speeds much faster than SAFA tempos.