|Currently in Thimphu: The REVA|
|Is this the future? Better Place's Renault Fluence Z.E.|
Better Place's business model is unique (and controversial). It is similar to buying prepaid minutes with your mobile provider. The customer buys a certain number of kilometers per year at a fixed cost per kilometer. You can read more about it here. Deploying an EV network is quicker and more efficient in small "Island"-like countries, and thus Better Place networks are initially being deployed in Denmark and Israel. Hawaii and Australia have also signed in.
Here's a short video showing the system at work:
Back to Bhutan: We already mentioned the low cost of electricity. The road network here is ideal for an EV network deployment, since a relatively small number of battery-switching stations can easily cover the 557 km of the Lateral Road (Phuentsholing to Trashigang), and a few other stations can cover the longitudinal roads. Bhutan, like Israel or Denmark, is also a small "Island", in the sense that most cars are driven within the country, thereby making the switching stations within the country sufficient.
Yes, this requires careful examination and long term planning. But given the ever-growing number of vehicles, their environmental impact, and the increasing prices of petrol, one must wonder: Is it time for the RGoB to invite Shai Agassi, the CEO and Founder of Better Place, for a visit in Bhutan?