The delivery of BYD’s coaches is the start of Nepal’s ambitious EV plans
New energy technology company BYD has proudly delivered the first five units of pure electric C6 coach in Nepal to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in Kathmandu, in an event hosted by Nepalese Prime Minister K P Oli.
“Today marks the moment when Nepal and the advanced technology of electric vehicles are linked,” said the prime minister at the delivery ceremony in the Nepalese capital.
The bus will operate in Lumbini, a Buddhist pilgrimage and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is threatened by air pollution. This heralds the beginning of the electrification revolution in Nepal.
In order to protect its environment and the burgeoning tourism industry, Nepal has chosen to adopt EVs.
The Nepalese government plans to replace the entire presidential palace’s vehicle fleet with EVs, and hopes to substitute 1,000 taxis in Kathmandu Valley, as well as all school buses, with EVs in the near future.
According to the 2018 mid-term pollution index report from global statistics database Numbeo, Kathmandu’s pollution index ranks second in the world. Exhaust emissions from older vehicles have become one of the main causes of increased air pollution.
“BYD is proud to play a part in helping Nepal maintain its pristine environment,” said general manager of BYD Asia Pacific auto sale division Liu Xueliang.
“Air pollution may have a strong impact on the local cultural landscape, threatening the preservation of Lumbini’s world cultural heritage. We can’t let that happen to Nepal as tourism is a pillar industry, accounting for about 29% of the country’s gross national product.”
BYD’s vehicles debuted in Nepal in August 2016, the same month Nepalese trading company Cimex and BYD signed a cooperation agreement. Since then, BYD has provided technical support for Cimex to build a charging station in Kathmandu and signed the largest electric vehicle project in Nepal to date with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.