June 28

Kathmandu Is Making Taxi Drivers Switch to EVs. Not All Drivers Can Afford One

By Pragyan Thapa Ghimire and Ananya Bhattacharya

Bishnu Bahadur Karki has been a taxi driver for more than 20 years. Every day, he ferries about a dozen passengers in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, which has over a million visitors a year.

To make ends meet, Karki earns additional income by renting a car to another driver in the city. But the government’s efforts to preserve the environment in the Himalayan nation have threatened his livelihood.

Photo courtesy of SCILLA KIM.

Source: Rest of World (link opens in a new window)

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