» 07/03/2014, 00.00
BHUTAN - JAPAN
Bhutan plans to increase happiness with an electric cars only policy
Electric cars are set to replace combustion vehicles. Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has asked Japanese automakers Nissan and Mitsubishi to help him achieve this goal. For him, "Sustainable transportation will bring citizens happiness."
Thimphu (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has a plan
to make its people even happier by spreading the use of eco-friendly vehicles
in the country.
facilities that can generate renewable, cheaper power using river water," said
Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.
expensive," he added, "and unfriendly to the environment. Sustainable
transportation will bring citizens happiness."
year, the kingdom decided to replace all cars in the capital, Thimphu, with
electric vehicles in cooperation with Nissan Motor Co.
arrived June 29 and departs today, came to Japan to ask the carmakers to help
his country reach this goal.
that the Buddhist country would introduce Japanese manufacturer-made electric
vehicles to improve its "gross national happiness (GNH)," an indicator
advocated by Bhutan to measure the quality of life among citizens.
Bhutan will hold
an international convention in November 2015 to publicise the concept of GNH,
according to Tobgay.
"We will invite
250 experts from Japan and other nations," he said.
"We hope to
discuss how to use the indicator in developing political policies as well as
better ways to measure happiness."
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