The Dragon Spews Zero Emission
Bhutan is eager to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels by converting to electric cars.
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.