Chief Executive Officer of both Renault and Nissan, Carlos Ghosn said four years ago that Denmark is a good country for the all-electric Nissan Leaf and now he turns his attention to another country: Bhutan.
As the country aims to intensify the presence of electric cars on its roads, because it wants to tone down Bhutan’s dependence on imported oil, the government is studying policies that would allow electric cars to skip taxes and even earn carbon credits.
Now, according to a statement by the Yokohama, Japan-based automaker, Nissan will aid the state’s aim by supplying it with quick chargers and Leafs for the government fleet and to act as taxis.
Nissan will “use the opportunity of supplying the Nissan Leaf and our quick chargers to Bhutan to demonstrate how our electric vehicle business can be scaled in emerging markets that are rich in clean energy,” Ghosn said in the statement.
The statement also announced that in order to celebrate today the birthday of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, Nissan will already deliver two Leaf cars to Bhutan. After that though, sales in the country could be problematic, as the country only has a population of 700,000, with most living in the countryside. Also, in the country there are only 44,678 cars and Leaf’s price (in the US it costs $28,800) could be around 12 times Bhutan’s per capita income, according to World Bank data.