Most local motorists are (understandably) apprehensive towards electric vehicles. There are questions about charging stations, tropicalization, and even durability especially amidst flooding. Manufacturers assure the public that the batteries can withstand years of use and charging cycles, but some need more than that to give them peace of mind.

That is why Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) gave the Leaf extended warranties for the battery packs. How long, you ask? It's good for eight years or 160,000 kilometers, whichever comes first, according to the manufacturer. It seems that it is an initiative of Nissan Asia and Oceania, as the same applies for Leaf models sold in Thailand as well.

However, this special warranty does not apply to the rest of the car. That doesn't mean the vehicle's warranty is short. Nissan reassures the public the Leaf is covered for three years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.

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To recap, the Philippine-spec Leaf comes with a 40 kWh battery instead of the 62 kWh pack. Per Nissan, it takes about eight hours to charge the batteries to 100% when plugged in a standard 220/240-volt socket. However, it takes just 40 minutes to reach an 80% charge when plugged into a DC fast charger. As for performance, the single electric motor generates 150 PS and an impressive 320 Nm of torque.

As for other features, the Leaf is equipped with something called the e-Pedal. That allows the electric car to perform one-pedal driving and apply the brakes automatically when the accelerator is released. For those who prefer to drive with two pedals, the system can be disabled. The local-spec Leaf also comes with forward collision warning, lane departure alert, driver attention warning, and a 360-degree around-view monitor system.

The 2021 Nissan Leaf retails at PHP 2,798,000.