Accelerating Towards Creating Carbon Neutral Tourism: The Role of Electric Vehicles in Revolutionising Green Transportation

By Royal Mountain Travel March 23, 2024

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In an age where environmental consciousness reigns supreme among travelers worldwide , the tourism industry finds itself at the forefront of the battle against climate change. As the industry grapples with the urgent need to curb carbon emissions and leap towards carbon neutral operations, electric vehicles (EVs) have emerged as a beacon of hope, offering a cleaner, more sustainable alternative to conventional gasoline-powered cars. As a tour operator in Nepal we are working to champion green mobility through the integration of electric vehicles into our Free Individual Travellers (FIT) fleet, highlighting our current operations, environmental impact, and the path forward towards scaling sustainability. Electric vehicles represent a transformative force in the realm of tourism transportation. By eschewing traditional internal combustion engines in favor of electric motors powered by rechargeable batteries, EVs offer a host of environmental benefits. Not only do they emit zero tailpipe emissions during operation, but they also contribute to reduced dependence on fossil fuels and improved air quality in urban environments adding up to our commitment to make our movements carbon neutral. 

At the heart of our commitment to sustainability lies the integration of electric vehicles into our FIT fleet. Comprising a diverse range of EV models, our fleet is meticulously curated to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers while minimizing our environmental footprint. We strongly believe our initiative to integrate these vehicles in our fleet will help us cut more than 50 percent of emission from our operations as we thrive to pursue carbon neutrality. Among our flagship vehicles are the BYD ATTO 3, Hyundai KONA, and the KYC EV Van, each exemplifying eco-conscious travel without compromising on convenience or comfort.

Our Fleet of Electric Vehicles:

BYD ATTO 3 (4 Vehicles):

The BYD ATTO 3 stands as a testament to cutting-edge electric vehicle technology. Boasting a sleek and aerodynamic design, the ATTO 3 combines style with sustainability, offering travelers a luxurious yet eco-friendly transportation option and accommodates 3 travelers. With a range of up to 420 kilometers on a single charge, this electric sedan ensures seamless airport transfers and FIT travel without the need for frequent recharging. Equipped with advanced safety features and onboard amenities, the BYD ATTO 3 redefines the travel experience for discerning passengers while significantly reducing carbon emissions.



Hyundai KONA ( 2 Vehicles):

The Hyundai KONA represents a paradigm shift in electric SUVs, blending versatility with environmental responsibility. Featuring a spacious interior, intelligent infotainment system, and cutting-edge driver-assistance technologies, the KONA delivers an unparalleled level of comfort and convenience for FIT up to 3 travelers. With a range of up to 300  kilometers on a single charge, this electric SUV is well-suited for both short commutes and long-distance journeys, making it an ideal choice for airport transfers and personalised travel experiences. By harnessing the power of electric propulsion, the Hyundai KONA sets a new standard for sustainable mobility without compromising on performance or practicality.


KYC EV Van (2 Vehicles):

The KYC EV Van represents a breakthrough in electric commercial vehicles, offering a versatile and eco-friendly solution for transportation needs. With its spacious cargo area and efficient electric drivetrain, the EV Van is ideal for transporting passengers and luggage with ease for up to 6 travelers. Equipped with advanced safety features and a robust battery system, the EV Van ensures reliable performance while minimizing environmental impact with a range up to 300 kilometers. Whether it’s airport shuttle services or group travel arrangements, the KYC EV Van delivers a sustainable and cost-effective solution for modern transportation challenges.

Current Operations and Impact:

Presently, our electric vehicle initiative encompasses a fleet of meticulously maintained EVs, strategically deployed to serve a variety of travel requirements. We aim to gradually make our operations carbon neutral and reducing emission from our transport movement is a significant achievement for us. These vehicles, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and eco-friendly features, epitomize our commitment to pioneering sustainable transport solutions. Through targeted utilization in airport transfers and FIT travel, our electric fleet has yielded tangible environmental benefits, notably reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 66,525 kilograms annually. This significant reduction underscores the efficacy of electric vehicles in mitigating the environmental impact of transportation and serves as a testament to our dedication to driving positive change. In an effort to make our initiative more inclusive we have also employed 4 women road captions (conventionally known as drivers). In an industry especially in the driving sector where representation of women is significantly low we aim to make our various departments more inclusive and create a meaningful impact for a greener environment and equal opportunities.

Our Future Ambitions

While our current operations represent a commendable stride towards greener transportation, our journey towards sustainability is far from complete. Looking ahead, we are steadfast in our resolve to scale our electric vehicle fleet, expand our operational footprint, and catalyze broader industry-wide adoption of EVs. We are constantly exploring opportunities to enhance and expand our electric vehicle offerings. Recognizing the growing demand for sustainable transportation solutions, we remain proactive in seeking out new options and investing in advancements that align with our commitment to environmental stewardship. In particular, we are actively pursuing the development of electric buses capable of accommodating larger groups of travelers. By expanding our fleet to include electric buses, we aim to further reduce carbon emissions and provide eco-friendly transportation options for an even greater number of passengers.


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