National Innovation Center to build electric bus in Nepal

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Nepal has been aiming for some great new advances and new records. IMEI registrations, NTA satellite, and electric bikes, what could be next? Electric busses! 

Yes, electric busses will manufacture in Nepal. Well, this is huge news. Now the question is how and what could this mean?

Electric Bus

The exciting potential of manufacturing electric busses in Nepal was revealed by Mahabir Pun. For unversed, Pun is a founder and chairman of the National Innovation Center. He recently called out on interested people who have an idea for the research and development of electric busses in Nepal. 

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The electric busses discussed are not just ordinary electric busses. The aim is to make a supercapacitor electric bus. These kinds of busses are special because they can run up to 20km on a single charge which only takes mere seconds! In comparison, other battery-operated busses take up to 8-10 hours. The super capacity busses also known as “capa-vehicles” use 40% less electricity than an electric trolley bus, because they are very light. 

Although these busses have limited miles per charge since they can charge so quickly, busses can easily charge in seconds while stopping at stops with charging stations. 

Another amazing benefit is that the batteries used by these capa vehicles can be used for up to 15 years and are relatively cheap too!

Hence if researchers are coming forward and if according to developments and research is carried on Nepal may soon make its own electric busses and implement them. 

History of electric bus

Electric busses have been in use in Nepal before.

Nepal introduced Chinese electric busses through a joint initiative of Sajha Yatayat and Lumbini Development Trust. And just recently in 2020 seven cities were prepared to replace fuel vehicles with electric vehicles. 

A private sector by Sundar yatayat Pvt Ltd. brought in electric busses in an attempt to lower the usage of fossil fuels back in September of 2019.

The history of electric busses and vehicles, in general, was always imported, and the big news was Nepal importing and implementing it. However, we have been growing and developing in the sector to have our very own manufactured electric vehicles like the Yatri Motors. They have set a great example by producing local electric vehicles. Similarly, with research and developments, a time where electric busses are being made in Nepal is also not far away. 

Impact 

The future of mobility is electric, says Umesh Raj Shrestha, the chairperson of the Electric Vehicle Association of Nepal. Private Electric vehicles in Nepal about 10 years ago were still a very rare sight, whereas there have been many electric public vehicles like Tempos. 

According to the association, the number of electric vehicles in the country exceeded 45,000 in 2018. Now 10% of the vehicles sold are electric. This is following a global pattern of people and governments trying to adopt a greener alternation. 

The adoption and growing usage of Electric motors for the country will have many benefits, environmental and economic.

One of the biggest benefits of EVs is the green impact. With the usage of fossil fuels minimizing the country doesn’t have to invest in mining or importing it at all. Kathmandu which has one of the most severe air pollutions as we witnessed recently will gain a lot of benefits through these electric vehicles.

Similarly, economically also there are a lot of advantages for the country. The department of customs declared that Nepal imported Rs 144 billion worth of petrol and diesel. This will minimize the reliance Nepal has on its imports. 

Similarly, if more companies and the government itself also start making electric motors right here in Nepal, it will be more easily accessible for the people and help in promoting its usage.

Hydropower companies and the Nepal Electricity Authority will vastly benefit from EV’s since the electricity demand will increase and so will the production. 

Electric Vehicles have a very positive future for the country. And the manufacturing theme here in Nepal has even more benefits. 

The future is electric, people are adapting to electric alterations and this will lead to many changes to the community, maximum positive. Hence, electric motors being manufactured in Nepal have a huge potential for benefiting the people, economy, and the environment. However, the country also has to prepare, for example by putting up charging stations which might need an investment. 

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