The Dragon Spews Zero Emis­sion

Bhutan is ea­ger to re­duce its de­pen­dence on im­ported fos­sil fu­els by con­vert­ing to elec­tric cars.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Asma Sid­diqui

Bhutan is a small South Asian na­tion known for the con­cept of gross na­tional hap­pi­ness, an al­ter­na­tive to gross do­mes­tic prod­uct. For the hap­pi­ness of its peo­ple, the gov­ern­ment of Bhutan con­stantly strives to make poli­cies that can ben­e­fit its peo­ple. Right now, for Bhutan, hap­pi­ness in­cludes a fleet of elec­tric cars.

Ac­cord­ing to the En­vi­ron­ment News Ser­vice, the King of Bhutan re­ceived two 2014 elec­tric Nis­san LEAFs on his birth­day. Th­ese marked the start of a fleet of elec­tric ve­hi­cles that will char­ac­ter­ize the fu­ture of this Hi­malayan king­dom. King Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck, 34, known as the ‘Dragon King’, is pop­u­lar­iz­ing the elec­tric car to in­spire his coun­try­men to be­come pi­o­neers in the global move to­wards clean en­ergy ve­hi­cles.

The CEO of Nis­san, Car­los Ghosn was in cap­i­tal Thimphu to present the cars to the King and also signed a part­ner­ship agree­ment with Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay that will chart their co­op­er­a­tion in achiev­ing Bhutan’s am­bi­tious clean en­ergy goals.

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