Project Reference Profiles – Nepal(NP03) Electric Mobility Program, Phase II

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1, SO2, SO3, SO4
Start Date Q1  Jan 1 2019
End Date q1 Dec 31 2020
Funding Source Core
Actual Budget (USD) 217,921
Budget Percentage 86%
Actual Expenditure (USD) 253,180
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD) 217,921
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium)
Participating Organization (Funding/donor)
Name of consortium members, if any
Thematic Area
  • Green Cities

Project context, objectives and description

Nepal’s Nationally Determined Contribution lays out ambitious electric vehicle adoption targets. In 2017, GGGI, in partnership with the Ministry of Forests and Environment (MOFE) and the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MOPIT), launched the Electric Mobility Program to advance the realization of these targets. During its second phase (2019-20), the program aims to a) mobilize green investment for electric public transport; b) strengthen sub-national electric mobility policy and action; and c) build government and operator understanding and confidence in the technology. 

To these ends, during 2019, GGGI undertook an electric bus feasibility study for Sajha Yatayat. This study successfully mobilized USD 26 million in investment from the federal government for nationwide electric public bus deployment. In addition, working with local municipalities GGGI prepared investment proposals for the use of electric buses and electric shuttles in the heritage and tourist industriesGGGI also launched the process of building Nepal’s first provincial electric mobility strategy, providing policy and investment guidance across infrastructure, markets, vehicles and financing, and led a delegation of government officials to India to learn from the Government of India’s experience with electric bus deployment. 

This project is aligned with IO1. Strengthened national, sub-national and local green growth planning, financing and institutional frameworks and IO3. Improved multi-directional knowledge sharing and learning to empower local and external agents necessary to drive green growth processes in partner governments. 

Type of services provided, and results achieved

Impact: GHG and local pollutant emissions are reduced, air quality is improved, sustainable transport services are provided, and trade deficit is decreased. 

Outcome: NA 

Project Outputs completed in 2019: 

i. Green Growth Policies:N/A

ii. Green Investments: 

  • Advisory outputs for inform investment proposalsElectric Bus Investment Proposal which is a technical advisory output delivered by GGGI to the government and operator that informed the government’s decision to invest in electric buses.  
  • Advisory outputs that aim to create enabling environmentGender-Sensitive Knowledge Exchange for Electric Mobility was designed to stimulate government confidence in proceeding with the investment and deployment of electric buses as a means of public transport. 
  • Green investments catalyzedA technical advisory output delivered by GGGI to the government and operator, which informed the government’s decision to invest in electric buses. Investment of USD 26 million was committed. This output assessed the operational, technical and financial viability of electric buses. 

iii. Capacity Building and Knowledge Products:  

Total of 1 Capacity building activity delivered in the form of knowledge exchange for electric mobility.  

Number of staff provided

Project Manager: Rowan Fraser 

Anantaa Pandey, Vikram Basyal, Vamsi Duraibabu, James Kang, Ingvild Solvang 


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