Bhutan, Nissan parter on electric cars

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Bhutan and the Japanese auto giant Nissan Motor Co. have decided to partner to supply electric cars to be used as taxis and government vehicles, Friday.

PM Thinley with the Nissan's President in Thimphu. Also seen is the Nissan's Leaf car presented to Bhutan. (Picture courtesy: AFP)
PM Thinley with the Nissan’s President in Thimphu. Also seen is the Nissan’s Leaf car presented to Bhutan.
(Picture courtesy: AFP)

The move is hoped to reduce the country’s reliance on imported petroleum products from India.

Nissan has agreed to supply its Leaf electric cars, and even set up dozens of charging stations in Bhutan.

Nissan’s Leaf is one of the world’s best-selling electric cars, and is said to have taken over at least 45 percent of the global electric vehicle market.

The motor company’s president, Carlos Ghosn, presented two Leaf vehicles to Bhutan during the agreement session with the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s government in Thimphu on Friday.

PM Tobgay expressed his hopes that the Leaf cars would help the country meet a target of zero emissions.

Nissan’s Leaf costs around US $20,000 in America.