Electric vehicles are being promoted by the Minister of Energy.

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Ms. Pampha Bhusal, Minister of for Water Resources and Irrigation, has placed a strong emphasis on the use of domestically generated electricity while simultaneously reducing the consumption of imported fuel in order to make the national economy more self-sufficient.

The Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Minister Bhusal) said that around Rs 2 billion is spent annually on the import of petroleum products and Rs 40 billion is spent annually on the import of cooking gas when he flagged off an electric vehicle rally organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Alternative Promotion Centre (AEPC).

It was suggested by her that we should increase the consumption of electricity for industrial, transportation, and household purposes in order to reduce electricity waste while also contributing to the nation’s economic development. She stated that the promotion of electric vehicles is a high priority for the government and that the use of electric vehicles should be increased in order to reduce the impact of climate change and to create employment opportunities in the country.

Ministerial Secretary Sagar Rai spoke at the event and stressed the importance of electric vehicles being used by the government, private sector, and the general public because they are environmentally friendly, convenient for passengers, and increase the amount of electricity consumed.

Dr. Madhusudan Adhikari, the Executive Director of the AEPC, stated that the Center has placed a strong emphasis on environmental protection and the promotion of clean energy.

Ghising, the Executive Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority, stated that charging stations are being installed at various locations to encourage the use of electric vehicles and thus increase electricity consumption in the country. He stated that approximately 400 to 500 megawatts (MW) of electricity is currently being wasted.

Beginning in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, and traveling through various locations in Kathmandu, the rally came to a close at Bhrikuti Mandap in the capital. A total of approximately 300 people, many of whom were riding electric bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, tempos, and cars, attended the rally.

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