Electric cars in Nepal

When we hear the term “car”, our mind automatically imagines some vehicle with a fabulous powertrain or engine and many of its specifications. Cars running in diesel and petroleum products are one of the biggest hype in this generation and are also the most selling cars. But, considering the pollution and waste of non-renewable resources, companies and automakers had started manufacturing and designing electric cars. Electric cars are those cars running on electricity or battery.

 

What are the advantages of electric cars?

All cars in Nepal are imported from different countries due to lack of technology, this makes the import rate of Nepal very high along with car prices. Excise, customs, spare parts, road VAT up to 241% of the price for the Indian imports and 248% for other countries are the main reasons for the high price of cars in Nepal. The price rate of the cars available in India costs 3 or 4 times the Indian rupee in Nepal. Normally, the brand-new family car price range starts from Rs 20 lakhs and above, which is very costly based on the features.

 

So, electric cars are comparatively less expensive than other cars, which deduce the budget or finance problem. The harmful gasses are produced by other diesel/petrol cars which are harmful to the environment. So, to overcome this pollution threat, electric cars were introduced. We don’t have to pay yearly road tax to the government for electric cars in Nepal.

 

Electric car price in Nepal

People are slowly shifting their interests toward upcoming electric cars with better performance. It is nowadays in demand and is highly sold, a famous example of an electric car is Tesla. Here are some electric vehicles released in 2022 with their key specifications and features.

 

Hyundai Ioniq EV (100KW): Electric Vehicle

Hyundai Ioniq is a modern, unique, and futuristic car, sharing the same platform with other hatchbacks. The iconic grille, LED Headlamp with unique LED DRLs in its front exterior gives an aggressive look to the car. Chrome beltline molding and stylish 16-inch alloy wheels are part of its side exterior. It has a clean dashboard made up of soft material.

 

Some of its features are:

  • Steering Mounted Controls
  • Heated seats
  • Ventilated Seats
  • Automatic rear AC Vents
  • Paddle Shifters with Regenerative Brake Control feature
  • Auto hold Electronic Parking Brake
  • Airbags-7
  • Electronic Gear Shift Button
  • 8- inch Infotainment System
  • ABS and ESC
  • Hill-start assist
  • Reverse parking sensor and assist with camera

 

Specifications:

Length (mm) 4470
Width (mm) 1820
Height (mm) 1450
Wheelbase (mm) 2700
Gross Vehicle Weight 1970 kg
Max. Payload 443 kg
Cargo capacity 357 L
Roof Load (Kg) 0
Towing Weight Unbraked and braked 0 Kg
Acceleration for 0 – 100 km/h 9.7 sec
Max Speed 165 km/h
Electric Range In km 250
Power 100 kW (136 PS)
Torque 295 Nm
Drive Front
Charging Port Type 2
Port Location Rear Left Side
Charge Power 7.2 kW AC
Charging Time 6h15m
Charging Speed 40 km/h
Fast charging Port CCSFC
Fast charge Power 44 kW DC
Range 250 km
Vehicle Consumption 153 Wh/km
Fuel Equivalent 1.7 l/100km

 

Price in Nepal: Rs. 5796000

 

Hyundai Kona EV: Electric Cars

The 2022 Kona Electric is powered by a 201-hp electric motor. Its large battery pack is capable of up to 258 miles per charge, it’s a key feature because an EV’s range number is the most important factor in electric vehicles. The Kona Electric offers a Better driving range, perky acceleration, spry handling, and an unbeatable standard warranty and complimentary maintenance package. 

 

Some of its features are:

  • Single-Speed Reduction Gear transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar
  • Strut Front Suspension with Coil Springs
  • 7.981 Axle Ratio
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Fixed antenna
  • System monitor
  • Digital Appearance
  • Manual Adjustable Front and Rear Head Restraints
  • Cruise Control-Steering Assist system
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Child safety locks
  • Driveline Traction Control

 

Specification:

 

EPA Classification Small SUV 2WD
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive
Engine Order Code NA
Engine Type and Required Fuel Electric
Displacement NA
Fuel System NA
Maximum Horsepower @ RPM 201 @ 3600
Maximum Torque @ RPM 291
Cooling System Capacity NA
Transmission Order Code NA
Transmission Description Automatic
Number of Transmission Speeds 1
First Gear Ratio NA
Reverse Ratio NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio 7.98
Clutch Size NA
Base Curb Weight 3715 pounds
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Front Suspension Type Strut
Rear Suspension Type Multi-Link

 

Price in Nepal:  55.96 lakhs

 

KIA Soul EV: Electric Vehicle

Kia Soul EV is powered by a 201-hp electric motor that maintains the perkiness. This electric version offers driving dynamics, which increases driving excitement. However, it doesn’t offer sports-car-level thrills, but for a subcompact SUV, it’s compelling to drive. Battery backup is one of the essential parts of electric vehicles, it offers up to 243 miles of driving range on a full charge.

 

Some of its features are:

  • Manual Tilt and Telescoping Steering 
  • Heated Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front and rear cup holder
  • Automatic air conditioner
  • Day and Night Rearview Mirror
  • Front map lights
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Air filtration
  • Side impact beam
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Real-time traffic display
  • Delayed accessory power
  • Outside Temp gauge

 

Specifications:

EPA Classification Small Station Wagons
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive
Engine Order Code NA
Engine Type and Required Fuel Electric
Displacement NA
Fuel System NA
Maximum Horsepower @ RPM 109 @ 8000
Maximum Torque @ RPM 210 @ 2730
Cooling System Capacity NA
Transmission Automatic
Transmission Speeds 1
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Front Suspension Type Strut
Rear Suspension Type Torsion Beam

 

Some other Electric cars that are going to be released in 2022:

  • Mahindra eKUV100
  • Mahindra XUV300 Electric (or XUV400)
  • Tata Altroz EV
  • Maruti WagonR Electric
  • Tata Tiago EV
  • Tata Sierra
  • Maruti-Suzuki Futuro-e
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Renault K-ZE
  • GMW ORA R2
  • GMW ORA iQ
  • Haima Bird Electric EV1
  • Mercedes-Benz EQA
  • GMW ORA R1
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge
  • Renault Zoe
  • BMW i3

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What are the disadvantages of Electric cars?

  • Some electric cars might have less battery backup. There is still a problem regarding the charging stations in Nepal. Charging stations aren’t available like petrol stations. So, a long drive might not be possible
  • It might take a long period of time to recharge.

Let’s promote electrical cars and bikes. All the mentioned models might not be available in every region of Nepal. Buyers are requested to buy from dealers or distributors from the Kathmandu valley. For any technical support, customers can visit the respective showroom. In case of any confusion, feel free to contact us through our mail.

 

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