Nissan plans to release 15 new EVs by the end of the decade, and so far 3 of them, the LEAF, Ariya and Kicks seem to support. Reports have emerged that the mass-production electric vehicle maker is unplugging the LEAF, which could affect buyers in the Philippines who only discovered the electric car two years ago.
No problem, says Nissan in the Philippines, which has confirmed the car will go on sale, with full service and maintenance, although it is bringing a new electric vehicle, the Kicks e-Power, which appears to be a more practical vehicle. , being an SUV. In the Philippines, as in many parts of the world, sports cars preferred sedans.
Nissan Philippines (NPI) executives recently gave selected members of the local automotive press, as well as content creators, an exclusive hands-on experience of the highly anticipated all-new Kicks e-POWER, accelerating the electrification strategy local with another cutting-edge innovation adding excitement to the everyday driving of Filipino motorists.
“The momentum towards electric mobility continues to grow. More and more Filipinos are looking to switch to more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly options, and that includes vehicles,” said Juan Manuel Hoyos, the recently installed president of NPI.
While the second generation LEAF was introduced in the Philippines and recent inventories show that it has been updated with e-Power and software upgrades, this version released in 2018 remains formidable and well accepted as it sports a hatchback design. Clean Technica Sources at Nissan America and Nissan Philippines confirmed that the LEAF will remain a mainstay of the brand’s electric vehicle lineup, but did not say whether it will receive a new update or not.
The LEAF in the Philippines costs around $58,500 (PhP2 798,000), about $20,000 more than the US price for a comparable model. Blame it on the system of taxes and import duties. The recent implementation of the Philippine Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) does not appear to have affected EV pricing in the country, but it has proliferated small electric cars manufactured in China. (Story to follow.)
Nissan brought the media and select dealers to a local race track at the site of what was Clark’s former air base in Pampanga, Philippines. Company executives, led by Chief Powertrain Engineer Naoki Nakada and Alliance Powertrain Engineering Manager for e-POWER, Akihiro Shibuya, introduced the all-new Kicks e-POWER with a guided tour and exciting track activity.
“True to our focus of innovation for excitement, the all-new Kicks e-POWER is a gateway for customers to adopt electrified vehicles, while enabling satisfying and fun driving. Nissan offers customers an option to vehicle with top-level performance that eliminates range issues and lack of charging infrastructure,” Hoyos told the crowd.
At the 4.2 kilometer Clark International Speedway, drivers felt the instant acceleration that comes with the all-electric motor system that e-POWER offers. Unlike conventional hybrids, the e-POWER takes Nissan’s existing EV technology and adds a gasoline engine whose sole role is to charge the battery, not power the wheels. This translates to a drive that’s both fuel-efficient and powerful, while being quieter (and likely with fewer emissions) than a traditional gas-powered car.
The Kicks removes that range anxiety syndrome that plagues so many electric car buyers, unaware that switching to electrification is also about mindset. Although the movement towards electric vehicles has yet to gain much traction in the Philippines, cars like the Kicks could break that syndrome. Toyota sold the Prius for years, then introduced many hybrids after that. This “non-hybrid vehicle” setup is essentially a gasoline-powered generator to run the large, ground-mounted lithium batteries.
“With e-POWER, motorists will experience the same thrilling yet quiet ride that fully electric vehicles have to offer. Its precise control of the electric motor at 1/10,000 per second will show just how responsive this car is, and its e -Pedal Step is a unique feature that will allow them to accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal,” Nakada explained during his guided tour.
“All of this makes daily driving very smooth. It also helps city driving become easier and less stressful, especially with many Filipino motorists who have to deal with heavy traffic on a daily basis,” he observed.
The introduction of Kicks e-POWER in the Philippines puts Nissan on track to achieve its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, where it aims for every new Nissan vehicle offering in key markets to be electrified by 2050. here the beginning of the 2030s.
“The brand new Kicks e-POWER is well received in Japan. The introduction in the Philippines will integrate this technology into the lives of more motorists, bringing more people closer to sustainable driving,” Hoyos concluded, announcing that the vehicle will arrive in the Philippines in August.
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