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Electric Cars VS Petrol Cars | Know This Before Buying an EV

Written by Roshan Bhattarai · 3 min read >
electric car vs petrol car

Dear readers, first of all, congratulations to us! The Nepal government has finally done some justice to electric vehicle buyers in terms of tax and customs duty. Thankfully, the new annual budget of 2078/2079 BS has reduced the tax and customs duty on importing electrical vehicles. Find in this article, electric cars vs petrol cars in Nepal, i.e. the difference between having electric vehicles and fuel vehicles along with their pros and cons. Also, you will find here the requirements and preparation one needs to do before buying an electric vehicle.

Before we begin…

Today, we can find both electric or petrol/diesel vehicles with super performance, quality, features, and other specifications. Definitely, it is confusing for one to choose between an electrical car and a petrol//diesel car. However, looking on the other side, these days the production and sales of electric vehicles are growing each day. So, we can assume that electric vehicles is the future.

Moreover, Nepal is trying its best to follow the global trend of electric vehicles. After reducing tax and import duty, Nepal government is now planning to install charging stations all over Nepal.

Tax on Electric Vehicles as per Fiscal Year 2078/2079 BS

This year Nepal government has decreased the tax for electric vehicles. Finance Minister Bishnu Poudel has completely reversed excise duties on electric -vehicle imports. He has cut customs duties down to the earlier 10%. And Nepal government is also planning for installing more electric vehicle charging stations all over Nepal.

This tax rate will sure encourage the electric vehicles market in Nepal. With the tax rate decline for electric vehicles, many international brands like Tesla, Hyundai, and Kia are planning to import new electric vehicles into the market.

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Electric Cars Vs Petrol Cars

You can compare the benefits of having an electric car. Definitely, one of the main benefits is that it helps to reduce air pollution and save the environment. Moreover, the electric vehicle market is growing in Nepal these days. Apart from that, there are some limitations as well.

Likewise, fuel vehicles have both plus points as well as limitations. However, we look forward to a convenient and environment-friendly vehicle for a clean future.

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Pros and Cons of Electric Cars

Electric Car Plus PointsElectric Cars Limitations
reduce carbon footprinthave few charging stations
lower ongoing costs battery replacement expense
quieter than petrol/diesel vehicleshigh upfront costs
needs low maintenance limited driving range
use electricity which is a renewable resourceneed a long charge time
has high-quality performance    fewer options to choose from

Pros and Cons of Petrol/Diesel Car

Petrol/diesel vehicles use internal combustion engines for operation. Petrol/ diesel vehicles use spark-ignited internal combustion engines or compression-ignited systems. In petrol/diesel vehicles, the spark ignites the air/fuel mixture from the spark plug. Here below are the pros and cons of petrol/diesel vehicles.

Petrol/Diesel Car Plus PointsPetrol/Diesel Car Limitations
have better powerharmful gaseous emissions on the environment
economical price taglouder than electric vehicles
low maintenance costsmore maintenance and service
better acceleration and speeduse fuels that are non-renewable sources of energy
Options are more in petrol/diesel vehicles
Fuel stations are more in number than charging stations

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Electric Cars VS Petrol Cars

Now, let’s move on to the next topic of electric cars vs petrol cars. Definitely, we all know electric vehicles run on electricity and charging batteries. However, there are some things that you need to prepare before buying an electric car. Here is the detailed guideline of the individual requirements to buy an electric car.

What are the Requirements Before Buying an Electric Car?

Prepare Your Home Charging

You need to have a socket for charging the EV. A home charging device for an electric vehicle is a compact weatherproof unit that sets to a wall with a connected charging cable or a socket for plugging in a portable charging cable. Qualified specialist installers install the dedicated home charging points.

Parking Spaces

You also require a parking space for your EV. You can prepare garages for parking your electric vehicle. Meanwhile, the garage can help protect your electric vehicles from wind, rain, sun, or also from theft.

Battery Charging Devices

You also need to have battery charging devices before you buy an electric vehicle. You can have a generator, solar charger, inverters, pulse charger, induction charger, etc. for charging your battery. Also, you can use these battery charging devices for charging the batteries of your electric vehicle. Or you can carry these portable devices for charging batteries.

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Electricity Capacity for Home Meter Box (Minimum Ampere Required)

You need to have the minimum electricity capacities of a home meter box to charge an electric vehicle. The two main options for charging an electric vehicle at home are 120V charging from an ordinary home outlet. Also, you can choose 240V charging from either an upgraded home circuit or an existing circuit for a heavy electric appliance.

On the End Note…

In conclusion, electric cars are definitely going to be a trend in Nepal soon. As now the taxes and import duty are also reduced, there is more opportunity for the growth of electric vehicles in Nepal. Moreover, the rate of tax decreased in this fiscal year will sure encourage the market of electric vehicles in Nepal.

These were the differences between electric cars and petrol cars i.e. electric cars vs petrol cars.

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