Where are charging stations in Nepal and how can you efficiently charge your EV?

EV charging stations in Nepal
Kulman Ghising wants to build more charging stations in Nepal so the country can use electricity produced in the country and not rely on fossil fuel.

With the EV market experiencing rapid growth, its impact is unmistakably evident in Nepal. While the rise of EVs is likely to change the way people travel, there are a few cons that have mostly to do with the EV ecosystem. One major drawback is the insufficient number of charging stations in Nepal.

This year’s NADA Auto Show saw how EVs have taken centre stage. The auto expo featured a range of vehicles, from SUVs to compact mini cars and even 15-seater micro vans, highlighting the growing popularity and prevalence of EVs in Nepal. In response to this surge in the EV market, the government has also introduced new tax systems and regulations pertaining to them. The need for the hour, however, is charging stations.

Any country which wants to fully transition to EVs will need a lot of charging stations to cater to the demand that is to come. Take the US as an example. The country has charging stations in almost every town and city. Notably, companies like Tesla have established over 40,000 charging stations across the country, significantly augmenting accessibility.

Emulating that, many car companies like TATA, BYD, Hyundai and MG have set up charging stations in Nepal. Along with that, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has also set up charging stations in Nepal with 51 fast charging stations being built on the main highways across the country.

According to the Authority, a total of 51 fast charging stations for electric vehicles have been constructed across all seven provinces. This initiative was made possible through the combined investment of the authority, a concessional loan from the Asian Development Bank, and technical assistance provided by the Norwegian government as part of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure development project.

Here are the locations of these fast charging stations in Nepal:

NEA charging stations in Nepal

S.N.LocationDistrictNumber of charging stations
3Sajha Sewa BalkhuKathmandu2
4Sajha Sewa PulchowkLalitpur1
5Nepal Bidhut Pradhikaran, RatnaparkKathmandu1
6Nepal Police Club, BhrikutimandapKathmandu1
7Paras BusparkChitwan2
9Sindhuli BusparkSindhuli1
10Ilaka Prahari Karyalaya, BardibasMahottari2
12Inaruwa BusparkSunsari1
13Prahari Petrol Pump, LahanSiraha2
14Kalika Fuel Centre, Malepatan, PokharaKaski2
15Paryatak Buspark PokharaKaski1
16Damak BusparkJhapa2
17Belka MunicipalityUdaypur2
18Birtamod BusparkJhapa2
19Surkhet BusparkSurkhet2
20Hetauda, RatomateMakwanpur2
21NEA Training Center Complex, KharipatiBhaktapur1
22Prahari Petro Pump, SamakhusiKathmandu2
23Begnas Tal, PokharaKaski1
24Butwal BusparkRupandehi2
27Kohalpur New BusparkBanke2
29Trisuli Hawa GharNuwakot1
30Battar, TrisuliNuwakot1
32Lamahi bus parkDang2

Collective effort to build an ecosystem

Other than these there are many other charging stations in Nepal set up by different car companies. TATA Motors has set up more than 150 fast and slow charging stations in Nepal.

The company has been actively increasing the number of charging points with 26 DC fast charging places and over 130 AC charging stations. TATA’s electric lineup includes the popular TATA Nexon and the TATA Tigor EV. Now the new TATA Tiago EV is also taking over the market.

Tata Nexon EV is one of the most popular Tata EVs in Nepal. Photo: Tata Motors
Photo: Tata Motors

Hyundai is another prominent player in the electric car market in Nepal, offering models like the Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Ioniq 5. To ensure their customers do not face hassle with travelling, Hyundai has set up 43 charging stations in Nepal, and there are plans for further expansion in the near future.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Photo: Laxmi Motors
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Photo: Laxmi Motors

With the recent release of two new electric cars, MG has been silently gripping the electric market. The MG ZS EV is a popular mid-range option in Nepal with the facelift version also being popular instantly. MG has 17 charging stations in Nepal and is further increasing in the near future.

MG ZS EV Photo: MG Nepal
MG ZS EV Photo: MG Nepal

CG’s Neta V is another popular option in the electric car market this year. People have loved the hatchback with a nice interior and infotainment system. CG has 16 charging stations in Nepal.

Neta V Photo: CG motors
Neta V Photo: CG Motors

BYD’s E6 and the BYD Atto 3 have already gained a lot of attention since their launch. To cope, BYD has installed 14 charging stations in Nepal.

BYD ATTO 3. Photo: Cimex Nepal
BYD ATTO 3. Photo: Cimex Nepal

Need more charging stations

Electric car charging representational image. Photo: Freepik
Electric car charging representational image. Photo: Freepik

Even though there are a lot of charging stations now, the ratio of EVs to charging stations is still less in Nepal. To tackle these situations, there must be proper planning and installation of new charging stations with all types of dedicated chargers so that other types of EVs can also charge.

In the current charging stations in Nepal, it is crucial to maintain a consistent and stable flow of electricity to prevent any potential damage to the EVs. Additionally, these stations should feature a user-friendly interface, compatible connectors, and ample parking space to accommodate multiple EVs charging simultaneously. This ensures a smooth and convenient charging experience for users.

But what about proper and efficient charging? EV owners and enthusiasts still have little knowledge about the cars they own. EVs do not require much maintenance but still need to be taken care of in order for full experience.

In order to efficiently charge here are a few tips to help you it.

1. Use Dedicated Level 2 Chargers

Whenever possible, use a dedicated EV charger rather than a standard electrical outlet. Level 2 chargers are faster and more efficient. Level 2 chargers primarily include either 3.3 kW or 7.7 kW power output.

2. Install a Home Charging Station

Consider installing a Level 2 home charging station in a convenient location, such as your garage, for quicker and more accessible charging. It can be really helpful if you are a daily driver and help you replenish the lost battery easily.

3. Know Your EV’s Specifications

You should know your EV’s charging capabilities, including maximum charging rate and compatible connector types. If the battery has a maximum charging rate of suppose 55 kW and you put it in a DC fast charge of 150 kW, battery problems might occur. Connector types also differ accordingly so the use of a proper connector or you can carry one on the trunk of your car.

4. Monitor State of Charge (SoC)

Monitor your EV’s battery level frequently to plan your charging needs and prevent it from dying.

5. Avoid frequent and full 100% rapid charging

Limit frequent use of rapid charging, reserving it for long trips and occasional needs to prevent battery degradation. Opt for charging up to approximately 80% of your EV’s battery capacity, avoiding a complete 100 per cent charge. This strategy capitalises on the advancements in lithium-ion batteries and enables the EV’s regenerative braking system to utilise the excess kinetic energy by storing it within the remaining battery capacity.

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Dahal is a gadget/auto writer at Onlinekhabar.

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