The Philippines is gearing up for a major shift in the automotive industry to EVs or electric vehicles as Nissan prepares to bring the Nissan LEAF to the Philippines. But before the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility arrives in the country, Nissan shares the top four electric vehicle myths and debunks them all.
Myth #1: EVs are slow
A recent experiment raced the Nissan LEAF against the fastest elements of nature — fire and wind, with the famous EV winning with its celebrated acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds.
With lesser moving parts, and a powerful electric motor, an EV accelerates faster than a regular engine car. With over 70 years of EV expertise, Nissan has designed the e-Powertrain that puts electric power straight to the wheels for instant acceleration, making the Nissan LEAF quicker on the start, for a smooth and very responsive drive.
Myth #2: An electric vehicle’s range capacity is limited
On a fully charged battery, the Nissan LEAF can cover 311kms. If you consider that the average daily drive around Metro Manila is 13.2km, you can drive around the National Capital Region in a fully charged Nissan LEAF for up to three weeks, without having to worry about an empty battery.
For out-of-town trips, the Nissan LEAF can take adventurers up to Baguio (246.6 km from Metro Manila) before you need to recharge.
Also, the Nissan LEAF’S ePedal combines both ease, excitement and innovation in EV technology. The innovative feature also enables you to drive using one foot pedal, allowing you to accelerate and brake depending on the foot pressure.
Even more impressive, Nissan’s ePedal is part of an advanced regenerative braking system, meaning the car will even recover a little bit of charge every time you brake.
Myth #3: Charging is a pain for electric vehicles
A common misconception is that electric vehicles can only be charged using quick charging stations. Although the Philippines currently has around 14 charging stations that are ready for the Nissan LEAF, most electric vehicle owners prefer to charge at home, since it is the most convenient option.
Similar to charging one’s mobile phone after a long day’s usage, the Nissan LEAF can be plugged into a regular electrical socket to charge it overnight. Charging with the universal cable usually takes about 12 to 15 hours to fully charge the Nissan LEAF.
For faster charging, users have the option to install a special wall box to speed up the charging time to 5 to 7 hours.
Myth #4: Electric cars are not exciting
With the Nissan LEAF as the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the possibilities of a safe, fun, and exciting driving experience are endless. What’s more exciting than an electric vehicle producing zero emissions and virtually no sound while drifting?
In this exhilarating demonstration, the Nissan LEAF showed how easily the mass-produced EV can churn out both maximum torque and force, while delivering virtually silent donuts and burnouts. The Nissan LEAF, with its rapid acceleration of 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, is quick on the start with a smooth and very responsive drive.
This is a slightly modified press release from Nissan Philippines.
VanMoof reveals next-gen S5 and A5 e-bikes
On sale worldwide for US$ 2,998
Urban e-bike developer VanMoof has announced its latest generation e-bikes: the VanMoof S5 and VanMoof A5.
Their fully re-engineered features include an ultra-silent powerful motor, long-range battery, powerful boost, and the latest VanMoof anti-theft tech.
Both e-bikes come in gray and are on sale worldwide starting from April 5, 2022 for US$ 2,998.
Deliveries will start from July 2022, while a range of accessories will become available in early summer of 2022.
To manage demand and delivery times, riders get access to purchase via waitlist. Sign up to the waitlist at vanmoof.com.
Easy, intuitive use
The VanMoof S5 and A5 have the industry-first Halo Ring Interface which is integrated into the e-bikes’ handlebars and shows speed, battery levels, and connectedness.
The VanMoof anti-theft technology has been improved with a revamped in-wheel kick lock, bigger pin, and new auto retract function.
The bike can secure itself with a tap, and is able to unlock automatically upon the rider’s return.
Both e-bikes also come with a new optional phone mount and USB-C charging port for riders to turn their phones into instant dashboards suitable for navigation or on-the-go charging.
Ultra-smooth riding experience
With a series of improvements and an award-winning design, the S5 and A5 are poised to have elevated stability, usability, and overall riding experience.
The ultra-silent Gen 5 motor, long-range battery, and powerful boost make up the bikes’ connected power system.
This system includes a complex network of intelligent sensors that are engineered to give riders an ultra-smooth riding experience.
Both the S5 and A5 respond to the rider’s pace and movement, thanks to upgraded electronics, rebooted torque sensor, and Gen 5 E-shifter.
Improved electric car Changan Eado EV460 available in PH
An alternative as fuel prices continue to soar
With vehicle fuel prices continuing to soar, car buyers might want to consider shifting to a more sustainable electric vehicle (EV).
One premium option is the Eado EV460 car from Chinese automobile manufacturer Changan.
The Eado EV460 was one of five offerings introduced to the Philippine market back in 2020.
The model was hailed as China’s greenest vehicle and Model of the Year at the China Green Car Annual Awards back in 2018.
Thanks to further research and development, the Eado EV460 now has three-in-one electric drive, which allows the more optimal usage of energy for every charge.
The car model takes about eight hours to fully charge, and only 30 minutes for a fast-charge of about 30 to 80 percent on quick charge stations.
Aside from the Eado EV460’s efficient power consumption, it also boasts more features that make the car keep in step with most fuel-powered sedans in the market, including:
- A Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM), powered by a Ternary (lithium ion) battery that yields a maximum power of 136PS and maximum torque of 245NM
- Estimated cruising range of 430-550 kilometers at 60 kilometers per hour
- Sturdy, well-built, simple design; classy interiors with plush leather seats
- Mono-digital display, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, and 10-inch high-definition touch screen
- Cruise Control that lets driver lock on to their desired speed
- Connectivity features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Aside from that, safety wouldn’t be a problem either as the Eado EV460 has smart safety features, including:
- Six airbags
- Smart key with illuminated push start/stop button
- Anti-lock Braking system
- Electronic Stability Control
- Brake Assist
- Traction Control System
- Hill Hold Control
- Emergency Stop Signal
- Reverse Camera
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Child Safety Lock
- Seatbelt Reminder
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Price and availability
The Eado EV460, now available on order at PhP 1,828,000 at Changan dealerships nationwide.
Interested customers may also take a first-hand glimpse of the Eado EV 460 at the Changan Pavilion at the Manila International Auto Show on April 7 to 10, 2022 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
All-new Honda HR-V to launch in PH on April 19
Reservations accepted starting April 1st
An all-new model of Honda’s new generation Honda HR-V is set to arrive in the Philippines on April 19, 2022.
And starting on April 1, 2022, 37 dealerships nationwide will be ready to accept reservations.
The all-new Honda HR-V ranges from PhP 1,300,000 to PhP 1,600,000 in shall be available in two variants: S CVT and Turbo CVT.
Engine options are a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine for the S variant and a 1.5L VTEC Turbo engine for the V.
Customers may choose from four colors, depending on the variant: Ignite Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Premium Opal White Silver, and Meteoroid Gray Metallic.
State-of-the-art safety technology
Both variants of the all-new Honda HR-V come with HONDA SENSING, giving drivers access to the following safety features:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW)
- Auto High-Beam (AHB)
- Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN)
Among the upgraded features of the new HR-V when it comes to exterior and interior also include:
- Newly-shaped headlights
- Sporty grille
- Sloping roofline
- Unified tail lights
- Infotainment system
- New automatic air conditioning with air diffusion
Interested customers may inquire at any of the 37 Honda Cars dealerships nationwide, and start reserving on April 1, 2022.
The all-new HR-V will officially launch on April 19, 2022 at 2PM on Honda’s official Facebook page.
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