Monday, December 7, 2020

4 Key Factors That Filipinos Need to Know about the Nissan LEAF


With the current shift in the way Filipinos drive and live due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for safe, smart, and sustainable mobility solutions is greater than ever. Nissan continued to drive the conversation on electric vehicle (EV) adoption with educational information, as the brand prepares for the arrival of the Nissan Leaf in the Philippines. 

Here are some key factors that Filipinos need to know about the Nissan Leaf:

#1. Range

The Nissan Leaf can cover 311 kilometers when fully charged. That’s the distance between Manila and Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. This allows drivers to easily travel to the NLEX Balintawak Toll Plaza (42 kilometers), Angeles City, Pampanga (85 kilometers), or San Juan, La Union (272 kilometers), and not have to worry about completely losing battery charge while on the road. In Manila, a single charge of the Nissan Leaf can last for about 3 weeks driving around the metro. For reference, the average driving distance around Metro Manila per day is only 13.2 km.

#2. Charging

There are three primary ways to charge an EV, according to consumer preference and ease. Charging at home, usually overnight, with a standard universal cable can be done right away and takes 12 to 15 hours to fully charge the Nissan Leaf. This is the preferred method of charging because it is the most convenient. It is similar to charging in one’s mobile phone overnight after a long day of usage especially for everyday city driving. 

A wall box can also be installed at home or in any establishment, and takes between five to seven hours. For on-road emergencies, a quick charging station can power up the Nissan Leaf in 40 to 60 minutes. There are currently 14 charging stations in the Philippines that can charge it, and more are being developed.

#3. Environmental impact

EVs allow a reduction in noise pollution, a growing issue in urban centers. A Nissan Leaf has a running noise level of 21 decibels, compared to the average 76 decibels that a car produces when it is stationary.

Moreover, EVs produce zero direct emissions, which means they are a good choice for the environment. Just one electric vehicle can save 4.6 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year, roughly equivalent to planting 209 trees. With more than 470,000 Nissan Leaf vehicles already sold globally, their owners have saved 2.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide—an amount which takes more than 84 million trees to process into breathable oxygen.

#4. Trend

To support sustainable initiatives and reduction of emissions across Southeast Asia, Nissan has already introduced the Nissan Leaf to several Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Philippines will be among the next countries to join the electric mobility movement with the launch of the Nissan LEAF soon. 

“At Nissan, we go beyond what is expected to dare the impossible. We lead the conversation around EV adoption in the Philippines to support a zero-emission future. Our aim is to make electrified mobility a reality as we adapt to the new normal, using the emission-free Nissan LEAF to give the Philippine market smarter, safer, and more sustainable mobility,” said President and Managing Director for Nissan in the Philippines Atsushi Najima.

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