Bhutan to Replace All Government Vehicles and Taxi With Nissan LEAFs

DEC 22 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 10

A Similar Fleet Of Nissan LEAF Taxi Cabs Currently Operates In Amsterdam Through TAXI E

A Similar Fleet Of Nissan LEAF Taxi Cabs Currently Operates In Amsterdam Through TAXI E

Remember when we first reported on Bhutan’s future electric vehicle plans?

Well, there’s already a development underway in Bhutan that makes our initial report even more believable.

Bhutan is now in the process of replacing all of its government vehicles and taxis with EVs.  Surely, this will take months or perhaps even years,  but the procurement of some of the EVs is underway now.

According to reports, Bhutan will get its first batch of Nissan LEAF taxis next March.  There’s no word right now on how many LEAFs Bhutan will receive, but it’s now official that the necessary steps have been made to ensure Bhutan gets at least some EVs.

As Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay stated:

“If we want to be true to our policy of respecting and conserving the environment, and if we want to be true to sustainable development, we have to put our money where our mouth is.”

Putting “money where our mouth is” means that the government will have to act first first by purchasing EVs if it expects the citizens of Bhutan to get on board.  And that’s precisely what the government there is doing.  First some electric taxis, then an entire government fleet of EVs.

Source: Bangkok Post

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great news but where the heck is Bhutan?

I was going to put a flippant comment about Americans here but since I can actually point to most of the states on a map I think it is just best to say between Bangladesh and Tibet. A whole long way from the nearest oil tanker.

Bhutan also has a whole heap of hydro electric power

Thats really cool. Love to hear when a country’s govt has some sense. If only Carl Rove and Dick Cheney had owned all the lithium mines in the world during the Bush Admin we’d all be driving them by now!!

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I would say between India and China 😉 Even though you’re technically not wrong…

American?

Great going Bhutan… BTW just to inform the capital of Bhutan is THIMPHU which doesnt have traffic lights 🙂
Imagine leafs passing with absolutely no noise 🙂

wow that would be a terrible situation.

Well, there are plenty of cities without traffic lights. And when there is just around 40 000 cars in the whole country then it’s a bit easier 😛
And if it’s still to quiet then there are things you can do about it….like this for example: