31st May 2023, Kathmandu
NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the government’s approach to formulating and implementing policies related to electric vehicles (EVs) in Nepal.
NADA has been advocating for a definite and long-term policy that provides consistent concessions and policy facilities for EVs. However, the government’s actions have been inconsistent and lacking a solid basis.
NADA highlights the gap between the government’s statements and its actual actions, suggesting a lack of clarity in the government’s intention to support and promote EVs.
The government has introduced various concessions and policy facilities to encourage the consumption of green energy, such as hydropower, and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
However, the constant changes in discounts and facilities have negatively impacted businesses involved in the EV sector and discouraged local entrepreneurs from manufacturing EVs in Nepal.
Furthermore, NADA points out that the government has increased the customs duty on electric buses used in public transportation, which indicates a potential effort to discourage their use.
NADA also opposes the requirement for the government to self-manage batteries sold by importing companies or battery-only importers and to publish an annual battery management plan, deeming it impractical and unfeasible.
Additionally, NADA requests the government to revise the current changes and formulate a comprehensive policy with a clear vision and long-term goals for EVs.
Specifically, NADA mentions the reduction of high excise duty and road construction duties on two-wheeler vehicles above 250 ccs, which they have been demanding.
It’s important to note that the information provided is based on the details you shared, and I don’t have access to the specific statements or official publications from NADA regarding the fiscal year’s budget in Nepal for 2080/81 or any updates beyond September 2021.