Electric vehicles may have been around for quite a number of years now. In fact, more than a few major carmakers have at least one EV offering in their lineup. Yet despite this, there is still a lot of talk going around about how EVs perform in the real world
To be more specific, a number of myths have been floated about these zero emissions vehicles. Beliefs like EVs are slow, can only take you so far, and that they’re as exciting to drive as a golf cart going up a country club hill.
Carmakers like Nissan, however, beg to disagree. For the Japanese car manufacturer, EVs like its first-ever mass produced LEAF are proof that all these are mere misconceptions. How so?
- Thanks to fewer moving parts and the instantaneous torque generated by an electric motor, for instance, cars like the Nissan LEAF are able to accelerate faster than most gasoline-powered vehicles. This EV can go from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds and can even outrun elements like wind and fire, as seen in a recent experiment conducted by Nissan.
- Charging a Nissan LEAF, it is said, can be as easy and painless as charging your mobile phone. All you need to do is plug it into a regular power socket and leave it to top up for 12 to 15 hours.
- Once fully charged, the LEAF can travel up 311kms before needing another top up. So if you daily commute involves about 15kms, you can actually drive around for 3 weeks in between charges. It’s pretty much like driving a gasoline vehicle—even more economical and with zero emissions at that.
- For long drives, Nissan says you can even go up to Baguio without fuss as it only takes 246kms to reach the City of Pines from Metro Manila. Simply charge while you’re there and head back down.
- As exciting as a golf cart climbing up a hill—this is the usual perception of EVs. To debunk this, Nissan shot the LEAF going sideways. Yes, the LEAF, with its instantaneous torque, can go drifting. And with zero emissions and zero sound, you can do this guilt free.
Yes, electric vehicles like the Nisan LEAF may not be as boring and hard to live with as most people may think. Nissan in the Philippines sys that the LEAF will be heading our way real soon.