"New York, London, Paris, Munich," went the 1979 pro-techno hit Pop Muzik. Today, however, the adoption of electric vehicles is going far beyond those major metropolises, all of which have seen a healthy dose of plug-ins. And we think that's a good thing.
From the heights of Nepal to the islands of the Seychelles, nations are looking to cut their oil dependency by pushing for EV adoption. On the Seychelles island of La Dique, a company called Ecars is working with neighborhood-electric vehicle maker GEM to bring its EVs to the island of about 3,000 people, the Seychelles News Agency says. Island officials have already imported three models for testing and viewing, with a fourth on the way. The idea is for the GEMs to be used as emissions-free taxis to ferry folks around the tourist destination.
Meanwhile, both Nepal and Bhutan are looking to improve their respective trade balances by reducing oil purchases from nearby India. Officials in Nepal, where customs duties contribute to a vehicle-tax rate that is costlier than the vehicle itself, are considering abolishing import taxes for EVs, according to the Himalayan Times. Already, there are about 2,000 electric vehicles on Nepal's roads, though most of those are of the two-wheeled variety.
Earlier this month, Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn was said to be working on a plan to help Bhutan reach zero-emissions on the personal vehicle front. The country, which has a surplus of hydro-electricity, also imports oil from India. Finally, Mitsubishi has donated two electric vehicles to the city of Ulaanbaatar so that Mongolia's largest city can use them on a trial basis, Mongolia's UB Post says.