| 2014-02-22 | 0 Comments

Bhutan’s government is targeting EVs as a key strategy to achieve its goal of becoming a zero emissions nation.

It’s plan envisages Thimphu (capital of Bhutan) as a “clean electric” city in which transportation for its more than 100,000 citizens is powered by clean energy. Bhutan generates sufficient hydroelectricity that clean energy is the country’s major export, but it must import fossil fuels to run its current vehicle fleet. Bhutan is seeking to reduce its oil imports significantly.

Nissan_Leaf_Bhutan_1Following talks between the Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in Thimphu last year, Nissan now entered into an agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan with the shared goal of achieving the nation’s ecofriendly vision for the future. Mr. Ghosn returned to the capital of Bhutan to make the announcement alongside the Prime Minister, and presented two Nissan LEAFs to the Kingdom of Bhutan, coinciding with the birthday of His Majesty the King on February 21, as a symbol of the strong partnership between Nissan and Bhutan and their shared vision of the future.

Nissan_Leaf_Bhutan_2“The Royal Government of Bhutan is pleased to launch this partnership with Nissan as we work to achieve our vision of a leading global EV nation,” said Tshering Tobgay, Bhutan’s prime minister. “Nissan’s global experience will be invaluable as we make progress towards an electrified national transport infrastructure.”

As a first step in the cooperation Nissan will deliver Nissan LEAFs for use in the government fleet, and as taxis, as well as demonstration units for the national rollout of EVs. Quick chargers will also be supplied to implement the government’s plan for infrastructure covering the entire Himalayan nation. The Royal Government of Bhutan will study implementation of an exemption from the green tax, sales tax and custom duty for EVs as well as a carbon credit scheme where the sale of EVs will earn credits that can be traded for tax exemptions for imported internal combustion engine powered (ICE) vehicles.

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