Monday, September 28, 2020

4 Electric Vehicle Myths Debunked


With Nissan Philippines committed to bring in the all-electric Leaf, the carmaker shares the top four myths surrounding EVs, and debunks them all.

Myth #1: EVs are slow

A recent experiment raced the Nissan Leaf against the fastest elements of nature: fire and wind, with the EV winning with its celebrated acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds. With lesser moving parts, and a powerful electric motor, an EV can accelerate faster than a regular engined 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.

Myth #2: An electric vehicle’s range capacity is limited 

On a fully charged battery, the Nissan Leaf can cover 311 kilometers. If you consider that the average daily drive around Metro Manila is 13.2 km., you 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. For out-of-town trips, the Nissan Leaf can take adventurers up to Baguio (246.6 km from Metro Manila) before you need to recharge. 

Also, the Nissan Leaf’s ePedal combines both ease, excitement, and innovation in EV technology. The innovative feature also enables you to drive using one foot pedal, allowing you to accelerate and brake depending on the foot pressure. Even more impressive, Nissan’s ePedal is part of an advanced regenerative braking system, meaning the car will even recover a little bit of charge every time you brake.

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.

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 

With the Nissan Leaf as the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the possibilities of a safe, fun, and exciting driving experience are endless. The Nissan Leaf can actually do burnouts (and donuts) virtually silently, as proven by a recent experiment.

“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.”

3 comments:

  1. myth no.3 is somewhat true. in the Leaf's manual, you need to cool down the batteries first, before you can charge the car after a long drive. The leaf's battery is air cool (not good) unlike Tesla's liquid cooled.

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  2. its also not advisable to park the car in direct sunlight or drive for a long time under the heat of the sun. EV's lithium ion batteries are so damn sensitive to high temperatures. Nissan should have taken a step forward and have the leaf's batteries changed to liquid cooling.

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  3. Unless you have Solar power, Meralco will rape you with the billing. The Philippines is more ready for Hybrid, not quite for full-electric.

    Also if they can make the battery replacement less expensive. Let's face it, most Filipinos will drive a car till the wheels fall off, then they get new wheels. If they have to pay the high price for a new set of batteries in the typical 5-6 years all electric (full or hybrid) will fail to keep a foothold in the Philippines.

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