In case you missed it, Nissan's regional office announced that they will be launching the Leaf, their all-electric vehicle, into the Philippine market. This marks a major milestone for the automaker, as they will become the first major and established car company to fully launch electric vehicle (EV) technology in the Philippine automotive market.
That announcement, however, comes with a rather major caveat: what about charging?
Well, for starters, each Leaf EV will come with a standard Level 1 charger for home use that can plug into a standard 220 volt outlet. This requires no special equipment, but understandably, the charging times will be slow. This is best used for overnight charging.
There are Level 2 charging stations available internationally for EVs like the Leaf. These stations can be installed at home and can charge a Leaf's battery in about 5 to 8 hours, but these require the expertise of a proper electrician to install.
The Philippines currently has no widespread infrastructure with regards to charging electric vehicles. Unlike countries such as Japan which have charging units at their fuel stations that can achieve an 80% charge in about 30 minutes, we have only but a few at very selected outlets. And all of them are in Metro Manila.
Nissan Philippines, however, will be doing something rather remarkable: in anticipation for the launch of the Leaf, AutoIndustriya has learned that Nissan Philippines is looking to be install special DC fast chargers at their dealerships to be able to cater to their customers.
Fast chargers are very expensive and have special high voltage requirements (upwards of 400 volts) to achieve the fast charging effect of 80% in 30 minutes. That means you can visit a dealership, have a cup of coffee, and be ready to go in half an hour.
Nissan didnt mention whether all dealers could have EV charging stations, though we can believe that they will prioritize areas with good potential for EV sales. Nissan executives also didnt mention if they'll be charging customers (pun intended) but we imagine they would, given the cost of high costs electricity in the Philippines.
This is interesting given the fact that many are generally apprehensive about EVs given the lack of charging stations. Having one at a nearby Nissan dealership is a start at making EVs more viable for the market. And given Nissan's dealership footprint nationwide, EVs really could become the next big thing.