Bhutan to Replace All Government Vehicles and Taxi With Nissan LEAFs
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