Electric cars Japan

A Nissan Leaf by a solar-assisted EV charging system at Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and Nissan are partnering on electric cars, with the Japanese automaker’s Leaf being chosen for the government fleet and taxis.

Under a deal announced Friday, Nissan will help Bhutan achieve its goal of becoming a zero-emissions nation.

Bhutan, with a population of 720,000, produces and exports hydro-electricity. But it’s eager to reduce its dependence on oil imports.

The Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric car, selling a cumulative 100,000 since going on sale in late 2010.

Nissan plans to set up Leaf charging machines in Bhutan. Nissan has agreements with more than 100 nations, states and cities globally to promote electric cars. Nissan wants to study how its electric vehicle business fits with emerging markets rich in clean energy like Bhutan.