KATHMANDU: Sajha Yatayat has launched electric buses in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the electric bus on Tuesday. He also rode the bus from Sajha’s office in Pulchowk to his office in Singha Durbar.

The government also announced an ambitious national action plan for electric mobility at an event organised in the Capital to unveil Nepal’s first battery-powered electric buses.

The action plan, which identifies priority actions like setting up a high-level national unit, national programme for infrastructure and market development, and arranging financing for electric, aims a 20 percent share for electric vehicles by 2020. The plan also aims to halve fossil fuel consumption by 2050, to significantly improve air-quality by 2025 and to run an electric railway network by 2040.

Inaugurating two BYD C6 electric buses, Prime Minister Oli remarked that operation of clean energy buses as mass transport will encourage other cities to follow suit.

“I’m confident that the electric buses that will start plying the roads of the Valley from today will write a story of success, which will stimulate introduction of battery-operated, environment-friendly transport in other cities and towns around the country,” said PM Oli.

“Within the next few years, the country is going to be self-sufficient in hydropower. Leaving behind our present reliance on petroleum fuel, we will be entering an era in which hydroelectricity generated in the country will at once benefit our economy, environment and public health.”