Challenges in running electric vehicles in Nepal and The Future


Tesla Model X is one of the most high-end all electric SUV. Model X offers quickest acceleration of any SUV on the road i.e. 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Also, the Falcon wing door of the Tesla Model X is one of its famous highlights. Production of Model X started in 2015 and is one of the top selling cars in 2019. 

It is really a moment of bliss to witness one of the finest cars in the world in Nepali roads; climbing the hills and the mountains, sending data to Tesla. But besides that, there are a lot of aspects to consider as we start seeing these cars more in Nepal. Let's break it down.

1. SuperChargers 

Tesla Model X single-charge range varies from 238 miles (383km) to 351 miles (564km). So, even with long range in a full charge going for a long distance is not possible as no superchargers are available in Nepal. So, Model X is restricted to running over a specific places and not too far and we need to let it charge all night at home. 

2. Spare Parts and Service Centers

The supercharger problem can be considered by using it within the range of the car. But what cannot be neglected is the problem of spare parts and service centers. Maintenance of vehicle is inevitable. After some time of use, there can be problem in some parts of the car or the car might need a regular maintenance but unavailability of service centers and spare parts in Nepal can cause the car to halt itself from running so that it could only be useful to showcase.

3. Roads 

Tesla Model X has a low ground-clearance and also the tires are tiny. So, most of the roads in Nepal do not seem to be suitable for Tesla Model X. It can only be run in the highways and pitch roads. 

4. Autopilot

One of the best features Tesla offers is Autopilot and not being able to use it is a deal breaker for me. But as Tesla's SUVs starts running in the roads of Nepal and starts collecting data of the roads, let's hope someday Autopilot would be available in Nepal too. But for now, Autopilot cannot be used in the Model X or any SUVs that you will see in Nepal in near future. 

5. Government Tax Policy

According to the new rules of Nepal Government on Electric Vehicles, they have raised the tax on Electric Vehicles from 10% to 40-60% and also custom duty of 60%. This, as a whole, will increase the price of the vehicle. 

Taking all these challenges into consideration, we still have to be positive about the future. Tesla's vehicles are one of the most valued cars in the world and the value-for-money strategy it delivers is to the point. It would be a matter of pride to see these beasts running on different parts of Nepal. For this, all the other challenges mentioned above will take time until Tesla decides to begin their service in Nepal but the tax policy can be done by Government even now as they realize the intensity of this issue. 

Electric vehicles are the future after all. Being environment friendly, luxurious and feature-packed plus a lot more makes it stand out in front of Traditional fuel cars. So, let us wait and see what future brings but for now let's just embrace the fact that Model X is finally in Nepal. 


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