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Heat is now on EV makers, after battery fires

27th November 2020
"As carmakers are investing large sums of money to make an electric shift in order to adhere to stricter emission norms around the globe, these EVs could come at an expense of safety."

As carmakers are investing large sums of money to make an electric shift in order to adhere to stricter emission norms around the globe, these EVs could come at an expense of safety.

Electric vehicles (EVs), benefiting globally from a push for tighter emissions controls, are facing challenges after a global string of fires from overheating batteries.

Here are some vehicle recalls and investigations facing major EV makers worldwide.

TESLA

NHTSA said last year that it was probing potential defects in certain Tesla Inc Model S and Model X vehicles that could result in non-crash fires in the affected battery packs.

The probe was in response to a petition from an attorney representing plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed against the electric car maker last year. They claim Tesla limited the battery range of older vehicles via a software update to avoid a costly recall to fix alleged defective batteries.

Japanese battery manufacturer Panasonic Corp supplies Tesla with battery cells, while Tesla turns them into battery packs.

GENERAL MOTORS

General Motors Co said last week it was recalling nearly 69,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs worldwide that pose a fire risk after five reported fires and two minor injuries. Affected vehicles will get battery software updates, limiting charges to 90% of capacity. In October, NHTSA opened a probe after reviewing reports of three Bolt EVs catching fire under the rear seat while parked. The probe covers 77,842 Bolt EVs from the 2017 through 2020 model years.

LG Chem is the supplier of the batteries.

BMW

In the United States, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) said it will recall 4,509 plug-in hybrid EVs, saying debris may have been able to enter battery cells during production at supplier Samsung SDI.

This could lead to short-circuiting and a "thermal event" which could increase the risk of an injury, BMW said, instructing drivers not to charge their vehicles.

Altogether BMW has recalled some 26,000 plug-in hybrids, mostly in Europe, over the potential battery problems.

A spokesman at Samsung SDI said an investigation is underway about the cause of the fire, declining to elaborate further.

HYUNDAI 

After 16 Kona EVs caught fire in Korea, Canada, and Europe over two years, Hyundai Motor Co is expanding a recall to cover at least 74,000 of its top-selling EVs in South Korea, the United States, Europe, and Canada to update its battery management system.

About 23,000 Kona EVs in South Korea have completed the software upgrade, with 800 of them found to have battery defects requiring replacement of affected modules, according to the office of lawmaker Jang Kyung-tae, which was briefed by South Korea's transport ministry.

Hyundai, in a filing to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in October, blamed "internal damage to certain cells of the lithium-ion battery increasing the risk of an electrical short circuit."

The battery maker, LG Chem Ltd denied any cell defects, saying a joint investigation was underway.

FORD 

In September, Ford Motor Co recalled 20,500 Kuga plug-in hybrid EVs in Europe and suspended sales over battery fire concerns. There had been seven fires but no injuries.

Ford offered to replace the entire battery pack, saying the root cause had been identified as a battery-cell contamination issue in its supplier’s production process, which could cause "serious consequences."

The Kuga setbacks forced the automaker to pool its fleet with other automakers to avoid a fine. It also delayed its US production of its plug-in electric Escape SUV, which shares the same batteries, to next year.

Samsung SDI is the battery supplier.

Source: REUTERS


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Electric vehicles owners have to pay yearly tax in nepal

27th November 2020
"Electric vehicles owners now have to pay yearly tax in nepal."

The pandemic has created a crisis in the entire region and sales of all types of vehicles have come to a standstill in Nepal. Nepalese automotive industry is already reeling under a major slump, especially the electric car sector, the government has now announced yearly taxes for electric cars from the upcoming fiscal year 2077/2078. Electric vehicles owners who enjoyed a yearly tax holiday from the government will now have to pay tax depending upon the motor capacity of their vehicle.

 

Yearly Tax  for personal electric vehicles in Nepal

Two-wheelers motor (watt)

Capacity (watt)                          Amount

250- 1000                                   1500
1001- 1500                                 2000
1501- onwards                           3000

Car, Van and others

Capacity (kw)                    Amount

50- 125                                    15000
126-225                                   20000
226- onwards                          30000

 

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Last year, approximately 590 EV passenger cars were sold in Nepal. The government had earlier introduced policies to encourage EVs adoption. Unlike fossil fuel-powered four-wheelers, which incurred taxes of up to 261 per cent, private EV four-wheelers were taxed only 23 per cent (10 per cent import tax and 13 per cent VAT).

The adoption of electric vehicles presents a great opportunity for the deployment of sustainable transportation. The role of electric vehicles in reducing pollution attributable to transportation is self-evident and has been substantiated with scientific studies.

The details of Nepal’s fiscal budget for the year 2020/21, however, will decelerate the rate of EV adoption. We completely understand why the Finance Ministry has drawn out concerns over the “depleting foreign reserve,” and “deficit in the balance of payment.” Along with that, we welcome the ministry’s good faith towards electric mobility in the public segment. Yet, there are numerous countervailing factors that come with EV adoption among the passenger segment that can offset the concerns raised by the ministry.

 

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Thee Go: Makes Your Travel More Sustainable and Environment Friendly

27th November 2020
"Thee Go is not only dealing with Electric vehicles but is also dealing with the complete ecosystem of e-mobility."

Thee Go is a relatively new eco-friendly electric car importer and distributor company that believes there is a more responsible way to travel and are determined to make travel more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Thee Go envision a future of zero emissions and zero congestion and are also very much committed to lead the way towards this future. They want to be the catalyst for this transition to eco-friendly transportation and eventually pave the way for an environmentally sustainable Nepal.

Thee Go is not only dealing with Electric vehicles but is also dealing with the complete ecosystem of e-mobility. Below are the different activities that they are currently handling in Nepal.

Thee-Go ecosystem 


Thee Go: Electric vehicles

Electric Vehicles: Zero-emission vehicles designed and developed for Nepal to drive the country towards carbon neutrality.
After Sales Service: A level of after-sales service that goes above and beyond your typical standard to ensure we are always there for you.
Training and Development: Skilled manpower to enable first-class service and innovation for future products.
Charging Station: Strategically located charging points on highways and cities to ensure distance is never a concern.
Retrofitting EV: They are ready with the solution to convert petrol/diesel conventional cars to electric ones to extend the life of existing vehicles and reduce carbon footprint.
Fleet Service: Managing and maintaining the fleet of electric vehicles to ensure all your travel needs are met.
Financing: Easing of purchase of EV through an exclusive collaboration with financial institutions and in house offers.
Battery Assembly: They are developing an in house battery assembly capability to ensure self-sufficiency.
Battery Disposal: They are developing recycling and disposal of depleted batteries to enable safe handling and maximum usability.

 

Thee Go current range of products are as follows:-

E8: An economical & sustainable solution for urban mobility.

Thee Go: Electric vehicles

Category: Hatchback Car
Range: 150km*
Per Km Running Cost: NPR 1.11 per km

• DFSK Danfe: High-performance vehicle for intracity & cross country travel

Thee Go: Electric vehicles

Category: Micro Bus (11 seaters)
Range: 250km*
Per Km Running Cost: NPR 1.85 per km

• Joylong E6: Luxury commuter redefined to maximize comfort, minimize costs and neutralize carbon footprint.

Thee Go: Electric vehicles
Category: Mini Bus (20 seaters)
Range: 210km*
Per Km Running Cost: App NPR 4.1 per km

 

CHTC Bus: Premium passenger vehicle for the urban route.
Category: Bus (26 seaters)
Range: 200km*
Per Km Running Cost: App NPR 7.1 per km

Thee-Go also feels that Nepal is perfectly positioned for a complete shift towards clean mobility and could set an example for the rest of the world to follow. The shift is gradually happening and it’s only a matter of time before Nepal paves a path towards self-sufficiency and becomes a carbon-neutral country.

For more detailed information you can visit company website www.thee-go.com

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HYUNDAI KONA & IONIQ ELECTRIC CAR PRICE REVISED

26th November 2020
"The new price has been fixed after the government announced a rebate on the increased excise duty only."

Laxmi Intercontinental Pvt. Ltd, the authorized distributor of Hyundai for Nepal has announced the new price of its electric car Kona and Ionic.

The new prices of these cars were not made public after the government increased customs, excise, and road construction fees. However, the new price has been fixed after the government announced a rebate on the increased excise duty only. The company has announced the new price after the government announced a rebate of 10 percent excise duty on electric vehicles.

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Hyundai IONIQ

IONIQ Specifications

Hyundai IONIQ electric takes 8.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph.

Hyundai IONIQ gets a 38.3 kWh electric motor with a battery power of 134 bhp and a maximum speed of 165 kph. A full charge will take slightly less than nine hours.

Hyundai IONIQ electric gives a range of about 275 km in one full charge. Hyundai IONIQ 2020 has LED DRL and Headlamps, Smart Electric Sunroof, and a new Iconic Grille.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Price in Nepal

The Hyundai IONIQ price in Nepal as stated by Hyundai Nepal is NPR 76,96,000.

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Hyundai Kona 

Kona Specification

The maximum power produced by this electric motor is 134 bhp and the peak torque produced by the car is 395 Nm.

Hyundai Kona Mileage

The battery of the car is lithium-ion polymer battery and the range provided by it is 452 km with a full charge.

Hyundai Kona Ground Clearance

The kerb weight of the car is 1685 kg and Hyundai Kona ground clearance is 170 mm.

Hyundai Kona Price in Nepal

The company has set a new price of NPR 76,96,000  for a Kona EV 100 KW and NPR 94,96,000 for a Kona EV 150 KW.

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