7,000 electric vehicles to be imported

KATHMANDU: Electric Vehicle Entrepreneurs’ Association on Saturday announced that they would import more than 7,000 electric vehicles for the Valley.

Organising a press meet here, the entrepreneurs said the move was meant for reducing environmental pollution.

Bishnu Prasad Dhital, president, EVEA, called on the government and civil society to help them translate the vision into action.

EVEA has also demanded that the government form a high-level mechanism to promote electric vehicles, continue with the provision of duty-free battery and motor parts and impose ban on non-electric vehicles within the Ring Road.

On the occasion, former minister for Labour and Transport Lekhraj Bhatta said that promotion of electric vehicles in the Valley would make a significant difference in national economy and environment. Former minister for Environment, Science and Technology Ganesh Shah was all praise for EVEA’s move and said it would play a pivotal role in reducing air pollution in the densely populated metropolis.

Pashupati Chaulagain, politburo member of the UML, said his party would support the campaign.