Safa Tempo: Electric rickshaws make inroads in Nepal

In Nepal, EVs have already replaced petrol/diesel powered three-wheelers!

According to a report on Autoblog Green, electric three-wheelers are getting very popular in Nepal. Because of the pollution they created, petrol-powered Vikram Tempo rickshaws were banned in Nepal in 1999. And since then, battery-powered Safa Tempos have been getting increasingly popular there.

According to Shree Eco Visionary (SEV), there are about 650 of these Safa Tempos on the streets of Kathmandu, fulfilling the transportation needs of over 100,000 people. And going by SEV’s projections, the number of these electric three-wheelers in Nepal may go up to 4,000 over the next five years.

The electric Safa Tempo costs about Rs 5.5 lakh, but running costs don’t amount to more than Rs 3 per km, and the three-wheeled EVs can travel up to 70km on one full battery charge, making them a practical proposition. With burgeoning fuel costs, we should almost certainly see similar EVs in smaller Indian towns and cities within the next one year!

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