Toy­ota Prius launched

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State Trad­ing Cor­po­ra­tion of Bhutan ( STCB) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Toy­ota launched the fourth gen­er­a­tion of Prius hy­brid car on 16 Novem­ber in Thim­phu.

Toy­ota hy­brid ve­hi­cle was first launched in Bhutan in De­cem­ber 2014 by STCBL. For the past two years, around 30 units of hy­brid ve­hi­cles have been sold in the coun­try.

The hy­brid ve­hi­cle, which con­sumes lit­tle fuel com­pared to fuel-based ve­hi­cles, is en­vi­ron­men­tal-friendly which goes well with the government’s pol­icy to re­duce de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els and to im­prove bal­ance of trade sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.

With nine mil­lon hy­brid ve­hi­cles sold glob­ally, it is seen to re­duce the car­bon diox­ide emis­sion by an es­ti­mated of 67 mil­lion tonnes.

The Prius hy­brid car has a max­i­mum fuel ef­fi­ciency of 40.8 km per liter.

Launch­ing the car, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Nam­gay Dorji said that as per the records, in the year 2015, out of Nu 12 bil­lion earned from hy­dropower, around Nu 8 bil­lion was spent on the im­port of essen­tial fu­els. He said that be­sides en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit, hy­brid ve­hi­cles will also help over­come Ru­pee deficit in the coun­try.

The sale of the hy­brid ve­hi­cle was low com­pared to other ve­hi­cles due to in­crease in the im­port tax rate. Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of STCB said, “Although the ve­hi­cle im­port was lifted in 2014, the sale was low mainly due to the in­crease in tax rate from 0 to 55 per­cent.

Fi­nance min­is­ter as- sured that the im­port tax rate for hy­brid ve­hi­cles would be re­viewed for ob­vi­ous ad­van­tages.

The fourth gen­er­a­tion Prius is the first to in­cor­po­rate the Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture (TNGA).

Prius is de­rived from the Latin word mean­ing fore­run­ner, as it was launched be­fore en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness be­came a main­stream of so­cial is­sues.

Hy­brid tech­nol­ogy is the base tech­nol­ogy for plug in hy­brids, elec­tric ve­hi­cles and fuel cell ve­hi­cles.

Toy­ota made the world’s first mass-pro­duced fuel cell ve­hi­cle with Mi­rai in 2014.

The sem­i­nar saw about 95 par­tic­i­pants from dif­fer­ent agen­cies in­clud­ing government of­fi­cials and tour op­er­a­tors among oth­ers.

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