Bhutan makes an ambitious bid to replace its cars with electric ones

The Royal Government of Bhutan has drawn up ambitious plans to replace gas-powered cars with electric ones, at least some 100 taxis and government vehicles by February 21 next year. The government has already held talks with Japanese carmaker Nissan and leading United States electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that the plan is to replace the 2,500 taxis and government vehicles in Thimphu with electric cars since the distances within Thimphu are short, the price of electricity very cheap and the “political will is unto us”. The PM also extended an open “red carpet” invitation to Mahindra & Mahindra chairman Anand Mahindra to partner and help Bhutan in its ambitious plan. This initiative by the new government attempts to reduce its costly fuel import bill and generate surplus funds to take care of its development needs. A taxi on an average uses Nu (Rs) 800 worth of fuel but an electric vehicle will use just Nu 7 to 10’s worth.



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