The world’s best selling electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, is coming to the Philippines by 2020. Introduced back in 2010, a total of 400,000 Nissan LEAFs have been sold. With developments being made by Nissan to prepare the country for electric vehicles, it is only fitting that at least one of the eight EVs in their lineup makes it over to the Philippines.
We are creating excitement by bringing the new Nissan LEAF to more markets in the region and introducing in Indonesia and the Philippines is a key step. This allows customers to get a first-hand experience with the benefits of electric vehicles for themselves and for societies.
The new Nissan LEAF represents Nissan Intelligent Mobility. As a one hundred percent electric vehicle, the LEAF is a pioneering car for a greener and emissions-free future. Intelligent mobility is not just about having the latest technology inside your car, it is also about the intelligence that goes into powering your car. Powered by around 148hp of electric goodness followed by 320 Nm of torque, the Nissan LEAF at its base set up promises to be a very capable car. Whether or not Nissan brings us the Nissan LEAF Plus is unknown. Featuring 214hp and 251 Nm of torque, the LEAF Plus boasts an impressive 363 km from a single charge, compared to the 241 km from the standard model. However, these models will not be seen much on Philippine roads without proper facilities to charge them day in and day out.
For countries who have fewer facilities to power electric vehicles, Nissan’s e-POWER technology would suit the Filipino car buyer well. A gasoline engine is equipped to the car, and its sole purpose is to charge the batteries. e-Power Technology still retains the power delivery of a full electric car. With the electric motor driving the wheels, smoothness of acceleration and ride is the same as an EV. The technology also forgoes the need to charge the car overnight before use. Just fill up the car, start it, charge it, then drive it.
e-POWER, we believe, is the most pragmatic step towards electrification. In addition to introducing electrified mobility, Nissan is working on making them more accessible through electrification components assembly and localization in key Southeast Asian markets.
Nissan is looking to electrify twenty-five percent of its global sales volume under its midterm plan. Part of the plan will also include the assembly and localization of electric components in South East Asia, creating a market that is ready for Nissan’s envisioned future of intelligent mobility.