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Two Indians travel to Nepal to highlight the potential for electric vehicles in South Asia

They plan to cover 25 000 kilometers while traveling the India-Nepal-Bhutan-India itinerary.

People in Nepal frequently believe that long-distance electric car driving is difficult due to a lack of infrastructure for charging batteries. Ashish Arora and Praphulla Kolhe, two Indian citizens, are disproving it by driving an electric vehicle from India to Nepal.

They plan to cover 25 000 kilometers while traveling the India-Nepal-Bhutan-India itinerary. On October 28, they set out on their expedition. The idea that electric vehicles are more likely to be used in South Asia is one that needs to be disseminated, according to Arora.

Driving with a purpose

Arora of Delhi underwent surgery a few years ago after suffering from a nasty throat illness. The doctor then gave him the advice to stay in a healthy atmosphere. He traveled to Canada for a while to get his health under control. And as soon as he arrived in India, his infection reappeared. Its root cause was air pollution.

However, the environment was largely pollution-free as a result of Covid 19 and the lockdown. However, following the lockdown, Arora made the decision to take the lead in establishing a pollution-free environment. “We don’t have a healthy environment, despite having big hospitals, innovations, doctors, and scientists.”

He therefore made the decision to take the best possible action for a healthy environment and sold his gasoline-powered automobile in favor of an electric one. Since then, Arora has promoted the usage of EVs in India. He strikes up friendships with those who use electric cars. Additionally, he listens to and discusses other EV users’ experiences. “Using EV is simple in daily life. Now everyone can include it in their lives. Arora and his friend Kolhe are currently in Nepal to spread this message.

Their electric vehicle ride

They both told Nepal Online Patrika about their journey in the electric Tata Nexon Max across eight states and 6,000 kilometers of India.

Arora has established a What’s App community for EV users. Arora claims that the group includes some Nepalis as well. Through the What’s App group, Kolhe from Hyderabad and Arora from Delhi got to know one another. They chose the tour with the same goal in mind: spreading the word about clean transportation.

Even though the EV has lately begun gaining popularity worldwide, many individuals still have doubts about it. But by traveling such a distance on an EV, Arora and Kolhe have attempted to dispel the doubt about it.

After seeing Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Hariyani, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Srinagar, and Ladakh, they arrived at Nepal. They arrived in Nepal through Bhairava and lodged at a hotel close to Pashupati.

Many people would wonder if it’s possible to travel for that long in an EV. However, Arora and Kolhe have already reached Kathmandu after traveling one-third of their intended route. Arora claims that neither the road nor the infrastructure for charging them interfered with their tour.

In South Asia, the environment is being prepared for electric vehicles, according to Kolhe. Everything was in favor of EVs, including road safety, charging infrastructure, technology, battery management, and others.

They visited roads leading to various structures during this journey. Their EV traveled across a semi-pitched, dirt, and expressway. However, the car did not in any way get them into difficulty.

They were able to effortlessly cross unpaved roads because to the car’s ground clearance.

My belief in electric vehicles has grown due to this excursion, adds Kolhe. The pair recommends that the South Asian country immediately begin using EVs. “Let’s build more charging stations and increase the number of EVs.”

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