Bhutan Teams With Tesla and Nissan to Eliminate ICE From Capital City of Thimphu

DEC 3 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY

Nissan LEAF Heads to Bhutan

Nissan LEAF Heads to Bhutan

Geography primer – Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India.

Model S on Its Way There Too

Model S on Its Way There Too

The government of Bhutan is now in the process of forming an alliance with Renault-Nissan and Tesla Motors as the kingdom aims to eliminate ICE vehicle entirely from its capital city of Thimphu.

The idea is to start in the capital city, likely the most smog-riddled area of the nation, and then to expand to other major cities with this ICE elimination drive.

Renault-Nissan, Tesla Motors and India’s Maruti Suzuki have agreed, according to sources, to supply vehicles to Bhutan (we assume this means to sell EVs there) to support the nation’s kingdom’s goal.

There’s no timeline yet for the elimination of ICE from the capital city, though Bhutan’s drive is to get this done is fierce.  It seems Bhutan “aims to prevent air pollution and improve its swelling trade deficit due to oil imports by utilizing hydroelectric power generation using the abundant supply of water in the Himalayas to charge the vehicles,” according to Kyodo News of Japan.

Bhutan is not the first to seek to eliminate ICE from city centers.  That honor goes to Scotland who announced more than 2 months ago that it hope to eliminate ICE from cities there by 2050.

Source: Kyodo News

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