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Hybrid cars have been rapidly gaining popularity nowadays. Due to the growing fuel crisis and climate change, carmakers are shifting focus to these hybrid electric vehicles and most countries encourage and provide tax rebate on these vehicles. A hybrid car is one that uses more a gasoline engine and an electric motor, each of which can propel it.But, when it comes to Nepal the promotion of Hybrid vehicle is disappointing. Nepal is nowhere on track to encourage these environment friendly and fuel – efficient cars. It seems Nepal does not realize the importance of hybrid cars. As a result, there is no difference between the import duties on hybrid cars and the normal cars. The government imposes hefty 240 percent import duty on automobile imports, which is one of the highest in the world. It is unfortunate to say that the same tax structures in impose on hybrid cars ,while even neighboring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India offer incentives thorough tax rebates on such cars.
Toyota and Honda have one hybrid car each in the domestic market Prius and Insight respectively. However, these cars will never get the opportunity to prove themselves because of taxes and a government that refuses to see the logic. Both offer quiet, comfortable rides, with the added feel-good bonus. The two may be hybrids with motor-assisted charging, but are vastly different in size, fuel efficiency, controls and, of course, price. Nearly 9,000 cars, SUVs, and jeeps are sold in Nepal every year. The country spends Rs 75 billion a year importing diesel and petrol from India. Cutting petrol and diesel consumption by improving vehicle efficiency by just 10 per cent would save the country Rs 7.5 billion a year. Unless hybrids are made affordable, our petroleum consumption will continue to grow.
The hybrid cars are much more suitable for a country like Nepal. The government should impose a nominal import duty of 20 per cent on the hybrid cars so that people are encouraged to shift to hybrid cars as it helps control fuel consumption and preserve the environment. Although the government is aware about the essence of hybrid cars, it is still not in the mood to consider it as a better option than other cars. It seems government still considers automobile as a luxury commodity rather than a necessity.
The future of automotive market is in hybrid cars, as these cars are efficient in terms of environmental conservation and fuel consumption control. The government needs to provide some sort of tax rebate on hybrid cars and review the existing taxation on the import of auto
mobiles as well. Long-term returns to the country should also be considered as such vehicles are environment friendly and could save the country’s foreign exchange spent on import of fuel. However, some sort of feasibility study is needed to be done before launching the car in the country.

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