Nissan Busts Common Myths About Electric Vehicles

Clarke Velasco
More than one-third of Southeast Asian consumers are showing interest in purchasing electric vehicles (EV). To this end, Nissan set out to help address three common myths regarding ownership of such vehicles.

Nissan Bust Common Myths About Electric Vehicles
Nissan Bust Common Myths About Electric Vehicles

The company enlisted the help of Tim Jarvis, Australian explorer and environmental scientist, and Naya Ehrlich-Adam, founder of sustainable food business Broccoli Revolution, to share facts about EVs following their first-hand experience of driving the Nissan LEAF.

One of the main advantages of EVs is the reduced spending on fuel and maintenance, owing to the lesser number of moving parts in such vehicles.

Most drivers in Southeast Asia travel less than 80 kilometers a day, using approximately 5.6 liters of petrol. By driving the Nissan LEAF with a 40kWh battery, vehicle owners can save up to USD6.00 per day or over USD2,190 per year, according to global petrol prices and the Business Mirror.

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Maintenance and service costs are also considerably lower for EVs. In the US, for example, EV owners experience an average savings of more than USD650 per year, Fortune reported.

Moreover, it’s predicted that the cost of an EV will drop below that of conventional-fuel vehicles by 2040, with EV sales growing exponentially year on year, according to Bloomberg.

Jarvis and Ehrlich-Adam also set out to bust the common myth about the EVs' limited space and acceleration. EVs today offer a full-powered vehicle experience especially designed for modern drivers, and without a tailpipe engine, they have much larger space allowances as compared to regular cars. As an example, the Nissan LEAF has 435 liters of space in the trunk – the equivalent of filling a conventional bathtub to the brim with luggage, and still having room to spare. In addition, a Nissan LEAF can comfortably accommodate up to five adults.

Furthermore, the concern that EVs can’t pick up speed adequately is also false. Boasting 148bhp, the Nissan LEAF can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds. The car’s battery pack also sits down in the chassis for a low center of gravity that allows the car to hug the road, for greater speed and stability.

As Jarvis articulates in the fourth Nissan EV Ownership video, "If everyone drove electric cars, we would be in a far better place.”

One of the key benefits of EVs for modern-consumers is that the car sends zero emissions into the atmosphere and is environmentally friendly. Air pollution is the highest environmental consumer concern in Asia-Pacific, with 85% of people extremely or very concerned about this issue. Thus, electric vehicles with zero-emissions and virtually silent operations, present a viable solution for owners to help do their part for an improved urban future.

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