Nissan considering Leaf EV for Philippine market

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Could we soon see Nissan's flagship EV going around town?

Last year, Nissan debuted the second generation Leaf electric vehicle (EV) in Japan. Since then, it has been introduced in numerous countries all over the world such as the United States and select European countries. Now, the Leaf has finally arrived in the Philippines...sort of.

Nissan Philippines brought a second-generation Leaf straight from Japan to be displayed at the 6th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit. For those wondering, the Leaf is not entering the Philippine market. Not yet at least. Speaking to officials from Nissan Philippines, they are still considering and are doing studies as to whether they will be offering Nissan's flagship EV in the Philippines eventually.

One of the biggest hurdles that comes with bringing in EVs in the Philippines would be infrastructure, or lack thereof in our country's case. Currently, only a handful of charging stations located in the country, most of which are also placed in not so easy to access places. The government would have to step in and take the initiative in building chargers at places with high volume of traffic such as shopping malls. This is possibly why there are currently no fully-electric vehicles offered by major manufacturers in the country despite the tax incentive from the new TRAIN-law.

This fiscal year, Nissan will be launching the second-generation Leaf in seven different markets in the region. As mentioned earlier, the EV is still being considered in the Philippines. That said, should the Leaf be brought into the country, officials say that the EV will be more than capable of taking on the hellish traffic such as EDSA.

In review, the Nissan Leaf uses a new e-powertrain which generates 150 PS and 320 Nm of torque. It is then powered by a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery which gives it a maximum range of 400 km (JC08) and can be fully charged in 8 hours. In a more real world setting, I was told that the Leaf would have a range of around 200 to 280 km. Sitting in standstill traffic would also not reduce the vehicle's range. Unlike an internal-combustion engine, it doesn't use power when the car isn't moving save for amenities such as air-conditioning, radios and lights.

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