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Price list: 6 best electric vehicles in Nepal in the budget category

The market for electric vehicles in Nepal saw a major decline last year when the then Finance Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada announced 30-80 per cent excise duties and 60 per cent customs duty on the EVs during the budget announcement for the fiscal year 2020/21. The import of EVs fell drastically and so did the market. The decision was also widely criticised back then.

But, this year, the government seems to have realised its mistake and in the budget announcement for the current fiscal year that began mid-July 2021, the government has decided to waive excise duties completely and impose customs duty down up to 10 per cent. The renewal and road taxes will also be waived for five years if an existing petroleum vehicle owner switches to a battery-powered vehicle.

Since so much emphasis is given to electric vehicles, today, we bring you the list of best electric vehicles in the budget category in Nepal, along with their prices.

1. Dahe DH 350L

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Starting our list is Dahe DH 350L. Along with Dahe DH 350, DH 350L is one of the most affordable electric vehicles in Nepal. Looks-wise, it offers more than you expect in this price range. It has a variety of features for the riders out there. Some of the notable features of this car are:

  • Power window, power steering
  • Anti-collision bean
  • Remote control lock
  • Reverse camera with an 8-inch infotainment system

Specifications

DimensionLength: 3,350mm
Width: 1,590mm
Height: 1,490mm
Wheelbase: 2,170mm
Battery72V/9.6 KW Li-ion
MotorPermanent magnet motor
Top speed65 kmph
Charging duration8-10 hours
Range120-150 km
BrakeFront: Disc
Rear: Drum
Tyre155/65 R13
Kerb weight680 kg
Air conditionerOptional
Ground clearance160mm

The introductory price for Dahe DH-350L is Rs 1,590,000.

2. Derry EV7

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Derry EV7 is an electric car manufactured by the Chinese electric vehicle maker, Henan Derry New Energy Automobiles Co Ltd. In Nepal, Auto-Host Pvt Ltd looks after the dealership for Derry cars. The new Derry EV7 arrives with a 17kWh battery along with a 15kW electric motor.  Some of the notable features are:

  • Power window
  • Hill assist
  • Rear view camera
  • Central lock
  • Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Alloy wheels

Specifications

DimensionLength: 3,480 mm
Width: 1,570 mm
Height: 1,570 mm
Wheelbase: 2,297 mm
Battery17KWh
Seating capacity5
Top speed70kmph
Charging duration5.5 hrs
Range175 km
BrakeFront: Disc
Rear: Drum
Boot space170L
Gross weight720 kg
Ground clearance170mm

The price for Derry EV7 is Rs 1,950,000.

3. Thee Go E8

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Thee Go E8 is one of the most popular electric vehicles in Nepal. The build of this car makes it perfect for everyday city rides. It is also one of the most affordable EVs in Nepal. At the first glance, it looks like a typical hatchback. The car has a simple yet modern look. Interior-wise also, it provides a decent run for its price range. The car, overall, provides excellent value for money and can be a great start for those looking for an eco-friendly car at an affordable price.

Specifications

DimensionLength: 3,610 mm
Width: 1,570 mm
Height: 1,490 mm
Wheelbase: 2,345 mm
Battery14.8KWh Li-Po
Motor peak power15 KW
Seating capacity5
Top speed70 kmph
Charging durationLess than 5 hours
Range150 km
Torque180Nm
BrakeFront: Disc
Rear: Drum
Tyre155/65 R13
Boot Space183 litres
Kerb Weight830 kg
Ground clearance160 mm

The price for Thee Go E8 is Rs 2,194,500.

4. Mahindra e2o Plus

Mahindra e2o Plus. Photo: Wikimedia Common

Mahindra e2o Plus can be one of the most viable options if you are looking for an electric vehicle for short travels and daily usage. This is also an updated version of the e2o which was launched back in 2013. The car is built of ABS panels and not pressed metals, which makes it light. It provides a decent look, and the build quality is not bad either. There is also an SOS feature on the car that provides an additional range of 7 to 10 km if the car’s battery is drained below 10 per cent.

Specifications

DimensionLength: 3,590 mm
Width: 1,575 mm
Height: 1,585mm
Wheelbase: 2,258 mm
Battery19Kw Li-ion
Seating capacity4
Top speed80 kmph
Charging duration6-8 hours
Range140 km
Torque70Nm
BrakeFront: Disc
Rear: Drum
Tyre165/60 R14
Boot space135 litres
Gross weight1257 kg
Ground clearance170mm

The price for Mahindra e2o Plus is expected between 2,200,000 to 2,300,000.

5. Tata Nexon

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Tata Nexon is one of the most popular electric vehicles in India. After gaining a lot of popularity over there, it has made its way to Nepal now. The Nexon EV has a similar design to its fuel-driven sibling that follows the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy, and also the tri-arrow design. Talking about the performance, Tata Nexon EV is powered by a 95kW (129PS) permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) which can generate a max power of 129PS and a max torque of 245Nm.

This is a feature-packed EV that comes with a dual driving mode: drive and sports. It has a 30.2kWh high energy density Li-Ion battery, claiming a range is 312Km. Some notable features of Tata Nexon are:

  • Automatic climate control
  • 205mm ground clearance
  • 7-inch floating infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto)
  • ABS with EBD
  • Smart regenerative braking
DimensionLength: 3,993 mm
Width: 1,811 mm
Height: 1,606 mm
Wheelbase: 2,498 mm
Ground clearance: 205mm
Battery30.2 kWh
Motor typePermanent magnet synchronous motor
Electric motor power 129 PS
Electric motor torque 245 Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h in s)9.9 seconds
BrakeFront: Disc
Rear: Disc
Turning circle radius5.1 metres
Charging time8.5 hours
Rangeup to 312 kms
Fast Charging time (SOC 0%-80%)1 hour
Boot space350l
Kerb weight 1400 kg

There are three variants of Tata Nexon in Nepal. The starting one is the XM model which costs Rs 3,599,000, the XZ+ model costs Rs 3,799,000. Likewise, the XZ+ LUX costs Rs 3,999,000.

6. MG ZS

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With its aggressive looks, MG motor’s MG ZS EV is one of the best-looking electric vehicles in Nepal. This is a compact SUV that gives the premium style to anyone who wants to purchase. This is a power-packed SUV that provides you with plenty of features to choose from. Not only on the exterior part, but it is also equally satisfying on the interior. It has also focused on the safety side by providing six airbags for safety. The company has provided a guarantee on its battery life of eight years or 180,000 km.

Some of its other notable features are:

  • Premium oversized sunroof and comfortable electric seat
  • Three driving modes
  • Regenerative braking
  • 8.0-inch infotainment system

Specifications

DimensionLength: 4,314 mm
Width: 1,809 mm
Height: 1,644 mm
Wheelbase: 2,585 mm
Ground clearance: 205mm
Battery44.5Kwh ternary lithium
MotorPM synchronous
Seating capacity5
Top speed140 kmph
Charging duration6.5 hours
Fast charge80% in 30 mins
Range428 km (at 62 kmph)
Acceleration 0-100 kmph8.5 seconds
Torque350Nm
BrakeFront: Disc
Rear: Disc
Wheel17” alloy wheel
Tyre215/50 R17
Boot space470 litres
Kerb weight1538 kgs

The price of MG ZS is Rs 5,099,000.

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Subba is a tech and auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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