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The kingdom of Bhutan has designated Nissan to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleets, the Associated Press reports. Bhutan? You may recall it as the Himalayan paradise — and tourist Mecca — that measures “gross national happiness.”

Bhutan expected to be decidedly happier if it can reduce its dependence on foreign oil, which it uses to supplement its abundant hydroelectric power. It will be happier still if it can achieve its goal of becoming an zero-emissions nation.


Nissan is happy to provide its best-known electric car, the Leaf, to provide the kingdom’s solution. About 100,000 Leafs have been sold worldwide since it went on sale three years ago.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the deal would involve hundreds of electric cars. Over time, he predicts it will be thousands.

“Many emerging markets want to protect the environment,” Ghosn told the AP by phone from Bhutan’s capital. He presented two Leaf cars to the country last Friday, the king’s birthday.

Chris Woodyard is a writer for USA Today.

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