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Eisenring - Nepal

Market launch of Lithium batteries for electric vehicles in Nepal

Contract: 2016.05
Energy Efficiency

Market launch of Lithium batteries for electric vehicles in Nepal

Project Type :

Pilot Project

Technology :

Energy Efficiency

Country :

Nepal

Project State :

Ongoing

Project Start :

March 2016

End of Project :

Planned 2018

Partners :

Ingenieurbüro Eisenring, Niederuzwil, http://www.stromboli.ch/de/electric-vehicles/ev-stromboli-ii/, Markus Eisenring; Ingenieurbüro Kuster, Thomas Kuster

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Swiss Contribution

The Eisenring Engineering Office is active in the fields of small hydropower, electric mobility, photovoltaics and renewable energy and has extensive experience in the Nepali electric vehicle industry. Among other projects, Eisenring Engineering Office together with the Kuster Engineering Office, have equipped electric vehicles with lithium batteries (Stromboli II, Horlacher “Fröschli“) and have published an overview report on the use of batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles.

Description

There are 700 electric public transport vehicles (Safa Tempos) in use in Nepal. These vehicles are dependent on a single lead acid battery supplier. Besides other advantages, lithium batteries have much lower operating costs than lead acid batteries and weigh much less. Thanks to lithium batteries capacity, vehicles have a greater range and there is no longer a need for empty runs in order to recharge Safa Tempos. This project shall show increased energy efficiency and reduced costs through the use of lithium batteries in 10 vehicles. Thus, under Swiss guidance, lead batteries in 10 vehicles shall be replaced with lithium batteries, a battery management system shall be used and a charger shall be mounted on the vehicles. This shall take place at the charging stations where the operators are trained to be able to convert more vehicles. The data on lithium batteries performance and lifetime shall then be evaluated and a workshop shall be held to enhance and disseminate lessons learned. It’s planned to involve Nepali organizations and companies who are dealing with electric vehicles (such as charging stations, leasing companies, etc.) and who can continue to independently implement dissemination of lithium batteries use.