The republic of Georgia announced plans last week to replace all its official cars with electric or hybrid vehicles within four years, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper quoted the country’s minister of the economy, Vera Kobalia, as saying that Georgia would use its abundant hydroelectric power to fuel the electric cars.

“We can see how the program will work in Georgia, on a smaller scale, and we hope that other countries will catch up,” she said, according to the Times.

The report said Georgia is in talks with General Motors about buying about 4,000 vehicles for official use.

The country’s representatives were also said to be talking with other carmakers.

A GM spokesman confirmed thetalks to the Times, but added that initial production of the Volt electric car was destined for US buyers.