Electric vehicles play a vital role in boosting the national economy by using locally produced hydropower and minimizing air pollution as well as mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
This article by Manjeet Dhakal was published on MYREPUBLICA on 31 July, 2012
In a bid to promote clean technology in the country, Nepal has more than 700 electric vehicles (Safa tempos) running in the valley—a commendable effort to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. Safa tempos are best driven for short distances and at relatively slow speeds, all of which suits the natural topography of Kathmandu valley. These green machines, which are mostly operated by women drivers, hold a lot of potential for the country’s economy and can tap Nepal’s massive hydropower potential to create a regional energy grid that contributes