It’s time for Nepal to go green as electronic vehicles are looking to make a comeback in the Nepali market. After concluding the recent fiscal year budget, the Nepal government revealed its serious plans for e-vehicles import.
Last year’s budget had a huge impact on the growing e-vehicles market in Nepal. Just when the fossil fuel alternatives were starting to make way, their price was hiked by 120-150%. Excise duties up to 30-80% were implemented depending on the capacity.
However, the fiscal year 2021-22 budget saw massive changes in the previous implementations. The excess duties on electronic vehicles were cut down to the previous 10%. Adding to that, the Finance Minister also revealed the government’s plans to go fully electric by the year 2031.
So, with this gesture by the government, the popularity of electric vehicles is going to increase. Keeping that in mind, we have listed the top five popular automobile brands in Nepal that are preparing to launch their electric vehicles in the Nepali market.
Without any details, let us give you a brief overview of what these new vehicles bring to the table.
Mahindra XUV300 Electric
One of India’s most trusted motor companies, Mahindra is introducing its eXUV300 in the market pretty soon. Like its natural fuel variants, the electronic variant will be similar in its looks and design.
In terms of performance, the vehicles will be powered by MESMA (Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture). It is likely to have two variants the low 350km and high up to 420km.
It is expected to launch later in the year at an expected price of INR 18 Lakhs in India, which in the case of Nepal might reach up to NPR 35 lakhs.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Labeled as India’s first all-electronic SUV, the Hyundai Kona claims to redefine the vehicle driving experience around the world. For some of its highlights, the Kona promises and unmatched efficiency with a driving range of 452km.
Also, it provides a warranty of 8 years on the battery with the option of both Eco & Sports mode. As for the price the vehicle is placed around the price of INR 23.5-24 Lakhs, which is estimated to be around NPR40 Lakhs.
TATA Nexon EV
Tata Nexon EV is one of the best choices in the budget electric vehicle category. Equipped with fast charging figures of 0 to 80% in 60 minutes, 312 km range in a single charge and its very own ZConnect feature the Nexon EV is the best in the class.
As for the price it is placed at the budget range of INR 14 Lakhs ex-showroom, which will round off around NPR 25-27 Lakhs.
Renault Zoe EV
Coming up with the title of Best Small Electric Car for Value 2021 by WhatCar, the Renault Zoe EV packs a punch as one of the smallest vehicles in its category.
It comes with a 41kWh battery which will provide a range of 350km. However, it is estimated to come with a lot of changes in the Indian market which will raise its price to INR 14-16 Lakhs, costing around NPR 25 Lakhs.
The Nissan Leaf was introduced with the values of intelligent driving, power, and integration. That is why it is equipped with some of the best features in the segment.
The feature that stands out is the ProPilot single-lane self-driving feature which will follow the car in front with a speed set by the driver between 30 to 100 kmph. Similarly, the Leaf is expected to provide a range of 400km with highly advanced electronic components.
For the price, it is the highest of the lot with INR 30 Lakhs which climbs up to NPR 52-62 Lakhs.