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Fall 2019

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Nepal: Development, Gender, and Social Change in the Himalaya


As the global carbon dioxide level reaches its highest point in human history (407.4 parts per million), energy systems must transition from fossil fuel to renewable-powered sources. Since the transportation sector contributes nearly one-third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, electric mobility offers a significant opportunity to reduce GHG emissions. Globally, there has been a rise in demand for electric vehicles. In Nepal, a clean energy transition within the context of rising urbanization and air pollution is imperative for quality of life, socio-economic development, and broadly climate change mitigation/adaptation. Furthermore, Nepal’s vast hydropower potential may increase energy independence and provide a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels. Unfortunately, infrastructure is not currently suited for fossil fuel alternatives. Thus, this paper uses a case study to explore the barriers and opportunities for electric vehicle development in Nepal. Methods include document analysis, social media analysis, and interviews with different stakeholders. My discussion centers around stakeholder perspectives and consumer perceptions to find themes and trends of electric mobility in Kathmandu. In reference to these findings, I suggest recommendations to increase EV adoption.


Asian Studies | Automotive Engineering | Climate | Environmental Education | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Studies | Natural Resources and Conservation | Power and Energy | Social Influence and Political Communication | Sustainability | Transportation


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