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Electric buses wait for permits



Five months since they were introduced to the capital, electric buses still aren't being used for local transportation. Because of the long and tiresome procedure to obtain route permits, it will be three more months before the buses can ply on city roads, Nepal Electric Vehicle Industries (NEVI) has said.
NEVI imported one electric closed-door bus, one open-door bus, and an electric car for testing from China. More than two dozen organisations and individuals have shown interest in operating the 14-seater closed-door bus, Managing Director of NEVI Narayan Prasad Bhusal said.

"It's a long process. The buyer has to form a committee first and then obtain membership of the Transport Entrepreneurs Association. If they recommend us to the Transport Management Office, it will set routes and issue us a permit," he said.

The buses can run for 100kms when fully charged. The batteries, which cost at least Rs 100,000, don't need to be changed for two years. The Transport Management Department says that apart from steep climbs, these buses run well on normal roads.

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1. Rohit Rai

With no electricity avail, how are we going to make them run?

Or is it like the taxi scenerio in Kathmandu where the driver tells stories of queueing up all night to buy petrol for his car and finally gets only half tank so he bought the remaining half in blackmarket. So the passenger has to pay him extra plus whats on his meterĀ or he'd disagree to give a lift.



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