Some companies have also introduced electric transportation in Nepal. Public transport, which is also invested by the government, has also brought electric buses. However, due to ‘various procedural reasons’, public electric buses have not run on the road. From an environmental point of view, electric vehicles are considered to be very useful. Recently, the use of electric vehicles has been increasing in the international market as well. The use of electric buses is also increasing in the field of public transport. Many countries are now pushing for electronic transportation to reduce pollution.
China leads the world in electric bus production. The electric buses operated by Sundar Yatayat on the Kathmandu ring road are also made in China. Electric buses of BYD (China), Yutong (China), AB Volvo (Sweden), and Foton (China) are being sold in large numbers in the world market. The interest of Nepali consumers in the use of electric cars, motorcycles, scooters, etc., which have a positive impact on the environment and public health, is also increasing.
Electric bus, Foton, and Nepali Market
In terms of price, electric vehicles are three times more expensive than buses running on petroleum products (diesel). However, the operating cost of the electric bus with state-of-the-art facilities is very low. Due to which businessmen can earn profit from the electric vehicles for a long time. The Chinese company Foton Motors, which has earned international fame in the production of electric coaches, is also going to sell its products in Nepal. The company currently sells its buses in more than 110 countries around the world, including China.
Foton has also set up a manufacturing plant in neighbouring India with an investment of Indian Rs 500 crore. Foton’s electric vehicles will be manufactured in India as well as China. Interested Nepali businessmen will be able to import Foton buses from India as well as China, which are considered suitable according to the characteristics of Nepali roads. The annual tax on these environmentally friendly and state-of-the-art buses is negligible in the context of Nepal. Also, the renewal fee is very low. In the Nepali market, electric buses of Foton Motors can be purchased for NRs. 17 million to NRs. 10 million.