Target: Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Chief Executive
Goal: Thank Nissan for replacing Bhutan’s government vehicles and taxi fleets with electric cars
Nissan has agreed to replace Bhutan’s government vehicles and taxi fleets with its Leaf electric cars in an effort to help the country achieve zero emissions status. Widely regarded as the most sustainable country on earth, Bhutan is one of the only carbon sinks and the only thing keeping it from being completely free of emissions are the vehicles in its capital city Thimpu. Thanks to Nissan, Bhutan’s problem has been solved, and for that Nissan deserves our gratitude.
Although Bhutan currently generates enough hydro-electricity to export power, it also imports fossil fuels out of necessity to run its vehicle fleet. As part of the agreement with Nissan, the car manufacturer will replace all gas-powered vehicles in government and taxi fleets in Thimphu, provide initial demonstration vehicles before the official delivery, and also install charging stations across the country. Bhutan seeks to make transportation for its 100,000 citizens powered entirely by clean energy. “As the world’s leader in zero emissions and the maker of the best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, we believe in and will support Bhutan’s breakthrough vision of its future transportation,” said Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn.
Bhutan should also be commended for working to improve its already flawless conservation record. For the past 25 years it has served as the model for proactive conservation, requiring that at least 60% of the country’s total land area remain under forest cover, and at least 40% be designated national parks and protected areas. As a result, Bhutan absorbs more carbon than it produces.
The only thing that has kept Bhutan from becoming the only country in the world free of emissions is its vehicle fleet, but thanks to Nissan that will no longer be a problem. Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Nissan for its commitment to conservation.
Dear Carlos Ghosn,
Nissan recently agreed to help Bhutan become emissions-free by replacing its government vehicles and taxi fleet with Nissan Leaf electric cars. Your company will also install charging stations across the country. Not only will this help eliminate emissions, it will also allow the Bhutanese government to offer tax incentives to its citizens.
Thank you for your commitment to conservation and sustainability. In giving the kingdom of Bhutan access to electric vehicles, you have helped it further establish itself as a model for what is possible through proactive conservation.
[Your Name Here]
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