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Indian auto giant Tata keen on rolling out electric cars in Nepal

Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Group, flagging off a Tigor EV from the Sanand plant in December 2017. Photo: Tata Motors

Kathmandu, February 25

Indian auto giant Tata Motors says it is keen on introducing EVs in Nepal, one of the company’s key export destinations.

This comes two months after Tata rolled out its first batch of the electric variant of its compact sedan Tata Tigor from its Sanand facility in Gujarat. The first batch ‘e-Tigors’ were produced for the Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), which had placed an order for 10,000 electric sedans in October.

“We are working very hard to bring in electric vehicles in Nepal,” Sujan Roy, Tata Motors’ head of Passenger Vehicle (International Business) told Onlinekhabar in a recent interview.

He, however, added that the plan is in its initial stage and the details are to be sorted out. “We don’t have a timeline. To some extent, we are constrained by the availability of charging facilities. But a Tata EV will be available on the streets of Nepal soon,” Roy added. He said that Tata considers it its ‘sacred’ responsibility to roll-out EVs in a ‘pristine’ country like Nepal. “We have the vehicles they are being manufactured at our plant every day, we would be happy to bring them to Nepal,” Roy explained. “Yes, the concessions available on EVs are attractive, but we consider it as a social responsibility to bring EVs to Nepal.

Asked about his company’s pricing strategy for EVs in Nepal, Roy said that the prices will continue to fall as technology improves. “I would say that the tipping point in the EV market will soon be reached and electric cars will be as ubiquitous as mobile phones.”

If Tata launches it’s EV in Nepal, it will join the ranks of BYD, Mahindra and KIA.


Published on February 25th, Sunday, 2018 3:11 PM


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