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Ahead of the eighth Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit on September 24-26, Nissan Philippines has been touring its current generation Leaf electric vehicle with key government officials given the chance to drive the world’s most successful commercially produced EV.

“It was a pleasure to have Senator Win Gatchalian as one of the first test drivers of the Nissan Leaf. The honorable Senator is one of the advocates of electric vehicles adoption in the country, and we are honored to have him experience this exciting technology,” said Atsushi Najima, president of Nissan Philippines. 

Najima said that Nissan PH will share the test drive experience and Senator Win’s thoughts on the future of mobility with EVs next week at the PEVS organized by the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) that will be held online.

Aside from Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Nissan also visited Energy Secretary Al Cusi for a test drive of the Leaf which is expected to be launched very soon.

Energy Secretary Al Cusi (center) with Najima and EVAP’s Rommel Juan during a tour of the Nissan Leaf

Last March 2019, the Nissan Leaf became the first electric car to surpass the 400,000 unit sales mark, cementing Nissan’s leading role as the prime mover in the global shift towards sustainable mobility. Just a few days ago, Nissan broke another record by selling its 500,000th Leaf unit. 

The first generation Leaf was introduced in 2010, and became the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle. However this was not Nissan’s first foray into producing electric vehicles. Its Tama electric vehicle was introduced in Japan in 1947, when Japan was suffering from an oil shortage right after WWII. Since there weren’t many electric home appliances and bulk electricity users for factories at that time, electricity was relatively cheap and in surplus supply.

Electric cars are not considered luxury or advocacy products anymore, and a number of car manufacturers have since started developing their electric vehicles (EV). Even in motorsports, Formula E has been gaining more attention these days with Nissan being an active participant in the Formula E racing series. 

Globally, there is a growing number of consumers who say their next car may be electric.  

During the launch of the first generation Leaf, Nissan already made a pledge to become a global leader in producing and promoting vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions. 

Locally, Nissan Philippines is still on target to introduce the Leaf in its fiscal 2020 year despite the pandemic lull which practically brought the industry to a standstill for months. The company continues to commit itself to working with governments and utility companies to support the adoption of electric vehicles, in making charging easier and more convenient, and developing second-life uses for electric car batteries.

Storing power in batteries is not everything, though. The initiative continues to look for ways and solutions for power storage and distribution into an ecosystem that can re-channeling energy within a sustainable community. This means that electric vehicles of the future will become part of an ecosystem of storage solutions, and can be used as mobile power cells by allowing community power grids to share its storage capacity in the cities of the future.

The Leaf is now available in over 50 markets globally, and will be sold in new markets including the Philippines very soon.  It is currently being built at three factories located in Oppama, Japan; Sunderland, England; and Smyrna, Tennessee, USA.

MAIN photo shows Senator Win Gatchalian (right) and Nissan PH president Atsushi Najima posing with the Nissan Leaf