Charging up for the future
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.