Bhutan Partners with Nissan for Electric Car Project

March 27, 2014

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. transition /trænˈzɪʃən, -ˈsɪʃ-/ (n.) – change of status or movement to another stage
Example: The country is making a transition to computerized registration.

2. committed /kəˈmɪtɪd/ (adj.) – having loyalty and determination to achieve something
Example: Successful people work hard because they are committed to win.

3. fume /fyum/ (n.) – smoke often released by vehicles and factories
Example: Some old cars release very dark fumes.

4. mutual /ˈmyutʃuəl/ (adj.) – having similarities or sharing common interests
Example: The two car companies have mutual respect for each other.

5. abundant /əˈbʌndənt/ (adj.) – plenty and more than enough
Example: The country has abundant water resources.


Read the text below.
The Kingdom of Bhutan [boo-TAHN] has partnered with carmaker Nissan to provide environment-friendly vehicles in the country. 

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck [JIHG-mee kehy-SIR nahm-GEHL wahng-CHOOK] accepted two 2014 electric Nissan cars called LEAF or “Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car” for his birthday. The 34-year-old leader, known as the “Dragon King,” is on a mission to inspire citizens to use electricity-powered vehicles instead of pollution-causing engines.

This was also supported by Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay [TSEH-ring TOB-gahy] who confirmed that the country is committed to achieving zero car fumes. He added that Nissan will greatly help in achieving the country’s goal.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn [KAHR-lohs GOHS-n] arrived in capital city Thimphu [tim-POO] to sign the agreement that will assist Bhutan in the country’s transition. Because of the mutual interest in protecting the environment, he feels confident about this partnership.

In fact, Nissan plans to provide more electric cars and charging stations in the following weeks. The first batches of LEAF will be tested by the Bhutan government and taxi operators before making it available to the public.

In addition, Prime Minister Tobgay also hopes that the use of LEAF cars can greatly help in saving the money spent in fuel importation. With abundant electricity supply the nation only uses five percent of the energy they produce and exports the remaining supply to India. Funds coming from selling electricity are then used to purchase fuel to gas up around 36,000 vehicles in Thimphu alone.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         In your country, which types of cars are widely used? Electric or Fuel?
·         How is it possible for a country to achieve zero car fumes?

Discussion B

·         How can air pollution be lessened?
·         What personal actions can you take to help lessen air pollution?


March 27, 2014