Sajha Yatayat has brought 3 electric buses via the Tatopani Custom point that will ply the roads of the Kathmandu valley. Made in China, the buses will be part of Sajha’s EV project that will see more buses coming in later.
Sajha brought three four-wheelers as part of the first phase initiation. These EVs entered Nepal through the Tatopani custom checkpoint. In total, Sajha will be importing 40 buses and 37 will be on their way soon. All these buses are likely to operate in the capital.
Likewise, these first phases buses are 3.9 meters long and accommodate 25 passengers. In the second phase, Sajha will bring 12 meters long EVs.
The three buses rode through the uneven terrain from the Tatopani point to ensure their ability to pull in hilly areas. These buses are customized to suit the specifications of Nepali conditions.
CHTC, a Chinese company manufactured these EVs. Thee Go, the company that sells CHTC vehicles in Nepal informed us that the three buses arrived via the Tatopani Custom point for their gradeability tests.
Gradeability tests are done to analyze or evaluate a vehicle’s ability to navigate along the slopes.
Sajha Yatayat investing multimillion on EVs
As for the costs, Sajha Yatayat is investing a huge fortune in these eco-friendly buses. Each bus Sajha is bringing costs Rs.15 million on each bus. So in total, the cooperative-managed company will spend a hefty Rs.610 million for all 40 buses.
These buses will be equipped with WiFi connectivity, TV display, and CCTV for security.
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