Charg­ing up for the fu­ture

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOTORING -

SINCE its launch of the Nis­san Leaf in 2010, Nis­san re­mains the undis­puted leader in mass elec­tric ve­hi­cle ( EV) tech­nol­ogy.

As men­tioned by Nis­san pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Car­los Ghosn at the Tokyo Mo­tor Show, “Nis­san’s forth­com­ing tech­nolo­gies will rev­o­lu­tionise the re­la­tion­ship be­tween car and driver, and fu­ture mo­bil­ity.”

With more than 185,000 cur­rent Leaf own­ers around the world, this EV is un­doubt­edly a pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful elec­tric ve­hi­cle.

As more and more car man­u­fac­tur­ers have en­tered the EV mar­ket, it seems that Nis­san’s de­ci­sion to em­bark on in­tro­duc­ing EVs has borne fruit.

Since the first Nis­san Leaf rolled off the as­sem­bly line, it has been con­tin­u­ally cel­e­brated around the world, gar­ner­ing more than 92 awards, in­clud­ing be­ing named Car of the Year in Ja­pan and Europe, not to men­tion win­ning the pres­ti­gious World Car of the Year award in 2011.

Nis­san con­tin­ues to in­no­vate and im­prove on its EV tech­nol­ogy. Nis­san be­lieves that the shift to­wards cleaner, more ef­fi­cient zero- emis­sion ve­hi­cles will con­trib­ute greatly in im­prov­ing air qual­ity and low­er­ing noise lev­els.

Nis­san’s op­ti­mised elec­tric mo­tor fea­tures ex­cel­lent en­ergy ef­fi­ciency that min­imises en­ergy loss.

Ef­fi­ciency is fur­ther im­proved by a re­gen­er­a­tion sys­tem that re­cov­ers ki­netic en­ergy from brak­ing as elec­tric en­ergy.

Orig­i­nally de­vel­oped to re­duce en­ergy loss, the highly re­spon­sive in­verter in­stantly con­verts stored power from the bat­tery to elec­tric­ity, im­me­di­ately re­spond­ing at the press of the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal.

To en­sure re­li­a­bil­ity, the Leaf ’ s large- ca­pac­ity lithium- ion bat­tery uses a read­ily plen­ti­ful re­source that has a sta­ble crys­tal struc­ture.

The bat­tery cells are struc­turally lam­i­nated, op­ti­mised and mod­u­larised to im­prove cool­ing ef­fect, cre­at­ing a roomier cabin space and af­ford­ing ex­cel­lent ma­noeu­vring sta­bil­ity – giv­ing you a phe­nom­e­nal driv­ing range of 195km per charge ( based on the New Euro­pean Driv­ing Cy­cle ( NEDC)).

Be­sides that, the Leaf comes with a com­pre­hen­sive range of ac­ces­sories and safety fea­tures, mak­ing it a de­sir­able car that gives you a trou­ble- and guilt- free drive.

In Malaysia, Nis­san’s sole dis­trib­u­tor Edaran Tan Chong Mo­tors ( ETCM) is one of the dis­trib­u­tors that em­barked on in­tro­duc­ing the Nis­san Leaf.

ETCM has also em­braced the zero- emis­sion mo­bil­ity tech­nol­ogy. Since the car’s first launch in 2013, ETCM has sold 23 Leaf in Malaysia to not only pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als but also to com­mer­cial com­pa­nies, which in­di­cates that Malaysia has good po­ten­tial to de­velop a strong EV mar­ket.

On a sep­a­rate note, ETCM has also aug­mented the EV mar­ket with an­other al­ter­na­tive- en­ergy ve­hi­cle via Nis­san Serena Hy­brid, the first hy­brid MPV in Malaysia.

The Tan Chong Group is also sup­ported by First En­ergy Net­works ( FEN), a sub­sidiary of Tan Chong Mo­tor Hold­ings. It is one of the pi­o­neers of EV charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture, which has been set up across Malaysia and is crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of pro­mot­ing EVs in Malaysia.

Cur­rently, there are charg­ing sta­tions avail­able at Suria KLCC, Lot 10, The Curve, Se­tia City Mall, Jaya One, a few Petronas sta­tions and soon, in more lo­ca­tions through­out the coun­try.

FEN is also work­ing to­gether with Green­Tech Malaysia, an agency un­der the Govern­ment that looks into the growth of en­ergy- ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles and EVs.

By com­bin­ing Nis­san’s pi­o­neer­ing EV tech­nolo­gies and other in­tel­li­gence and in­no­va­tions, Nis­san is in­deed a leader in zero- emis­sion fu­ture mo­bil­ity.

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With the launch of the Nis­san Leaf, Nis­san is an undis­puted leader in zero- emis­sion fu­ture mo­bil­ity.

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