VERY soon Nissan Motor Philippines, Inc. will launch the Nissan LEAF to the Philippines.
A confirmation was already made by Atsushi Najima, President and Managing Director for Nissan in the Philippines which was reconfirmed only last week when he presented the car to the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez, as part of the 8th Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) Virtual Summit.
Najima also presented the new electric vehicle to Senator Win Gatchalian, who in last year’s summit pushed all the buttons necessary to ensure that electric vehicles become commonplace in the country. It was then presented to Alfredo Cusi, Secretary of the Department of Energy (DoE), which should be leading the charge towards vehicle electrification in the country.
The Nissan LEAF (spelled with all capital letters, as it is an acronym for Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car) became the star of the electric vehicle summit, but also the target of much skepticism–as Filipinos, unaware of the technological leaps in vehicle electrification think of the past bad experiences with public transportation EVs what don’t work in the rain and run out of power at the worst possible times.
And as Nissan is introducing its icon of Intelligent Mobility it also shares the top four electric vehicle myths and debunks them all.
Myth #1: EVs are slow. A recent experiment raced the LEAF against the fastest elements of nature – fire and wind, with the famous EV winning with its celebrated acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds. It’s very difficult to describe how the LEAF outran the furious ocean winds, so the video that follows will best explain it.
With lesser moving parts, and a powerful electric motor, an EV accelerates faster than a regular engine car. With over 70 years of EV expertise, Nissan has designed the e-Powertrain that puts electric power straight to the wheels for instant acceleration, making the Nissan LEAF quicker on the start, for a smooth and very responsive drive.
Here is how that challenge happened.
Myth #2: An electric vehicle’s range capacity is limited. On a fully charged battery, the Nissan LEAF can cover 311 kilometers. That is 155 times around Quezon Memorial Circle, 4 times back and forth to Villa Escudero in Quezon, 10 times to the Batangas Racing Circuit, or once up Baguio before requiring a full charge.
Now if one considers that the average daily drive around Metro Manila is 13.2 km., one can drive around the National Capital Region in a fully charged Nissan LEAF for up to three weeks, without having to worry about an empty battery. Then if you need to transverse EDSA end to end daily with the traffic or aircon on, an estimated 12 trips can be attained before you need to plug in.
Now why is that? Well there is a host of regenerating and power saving technologies on board that keep the battery contented.
An example is the ePedal. The little computer box of an accelerator pedal combines both ease, excitement and innovation in EV technology. It enables driving using just one foot pedal–allowing acceleration and brake depending on the foot pressure. It is also part of an advanced regenerative braking system, meaning the car will even recover a little bit of charge every time the brakes are activated.
Myth #3: Charging is a pain for electric vehicles. A common misconception is that electric vehicles can only be charged using quick charging stations.
Although the Philippines currently has around 14 charging stations that are ready for the Nissan LEAF, most electric vehicle owners prefer to charge at home, since it is the most convenient option.
Similar to charging one’s mobile phone after a long day’s usage, the Nissan LEAF can be plugged into a regular electrical socket to charge it overnight. Charging with the universal cable usually takes about 12 to 15 hours to fully charge the Nissan LEAF.
For faster charging, users have the option to install a special wall box to speed up the charging time to 5 to 7 hours.
Myth #4: Electric cars are not exciting. Though very strange and at time unsavory to hear but fun to watch, the video below shows the Nissan LEAF committing to virtually silent donuts and burnouts in the Nissan Drift Experiment.
With the Nissan LEAF as the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the possibilities of a safe, fun, and exciting driving experience are endless. What’s more exciting than an electric vehicle producing zero emissions and virtually no sound while drifting?
In this exhilarating and adrenaline-pumping demonstration, the Nissan LEAF showed how easily the mass-produced EV can churn out both maximum torque and force, while delivering virtually silent donuts and burnouts. With its rapid acceleration of 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, is quick on the start with a smooth and very responsive drive.
“Nissan is a world leader in electric mobility. We are constantly challenging mobility conventions including now – taking the top four myths about EVs, and busting them with our award-winning Nissan LEAF. We’ll never stop daring the impossible,” says Atsushi Najima, President and Managing Director for Nissan in the Philippines. “We look forward to bringing the Nissan LEAF in the Philippines as a legendary vehicle that has been continuously refined since its first introduction in 2010. Helping to bring an inspiring, innovative and human-centric future for the Philippines.” — with Raymond Tribdino