KATHMANDU, Oct 16: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the public power utility, is to import electric vehicles for promotional purpose and to set up charging stations for such vehicles.
NEA is forwarding the process for this purpose since the country has to go for using electric vehicles with the Upper Tamakoshi Hydroelectricity Project starting to generate power from coming mid-June.
The NEA is setting up a charging station at its central office at Ratna Park for promoting electric vehicles. NEA executive director Kulman Ghising said the process of constructing the charging station has been started.
The NEA stated that it is taking this initiative to make the people used to the use of electric vehicles in view of the electricity produced by the Upper Tamakoshi Project going to be wasted in the night time once the project starts power generation.
In this connection, the NEA is holding discussion along the line of using small electric vehicles in Kathmandu.
The construction of the Upper Tamakoshi Hydroelectricity Project has been completed 91 percent and preparations are afoot to operate the project’s first unit by this mid-June.
NEA, which ended the power cuts (load-shedding) since last year, has been emphasizing that initiatives for using and the purchase of electric vehicles as a way to reducing large petroleum import should be taken at the state and the citizens’ level.
Charging stations would be set up at various places in Kathmandu in the first phase, and in Pokhara, Chitwan, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj among other places after that. RSS