It may have taken a while, but the Nissan Leaf is finally here in the Philippines. You can buy the Japanese-made mass-market electric hatchback for P2.798 million, and for that amount, you’re getting 311km of range, a zero-emission powertrain, and advanced safety features like Intelligent Cruise Control and Intelligent Emergency Braking.
Yes, that’s a lot for a hatch—you can buy a Toyota GR Yaris for that sum. But the electric revolution has to start somewhere, right? Besides, we took a look at how much the EV costs over in Thailand and, well, it’s a lot more attainable here.
In Thailand, you’re going to have to shell out at least 1,990,000 Baht—around P3 million—to own the electric vehicle. For that, you get the same performance (148hp and 320Nm) and the same 40kWh lithium-ion battery. So, as far as Southeast Asia is concerned, we’re pretty much in the same boat—save for Singapore where the model starts at $145,800 (a whopping P5.2 million) Singaporean dollars.
First-world markets where there’s a considerably wider adoption of EVs among consumers are a different story, though. In its home market of Japan, for example, the base Leaf that is specced similarly to ours costs just ¥3,326,400. That’s just P1.46 million. Meanwhile, in Australia, you can buy one for as little as $53,190 Australian dollars (P1.99 million).
The vehicle is much more affordable further out west, too. In the US, it starts at $31,670 (P1.51 million). And you just need to spend £25,995 (P1.75 million) if you want one in the UK.
Again, our market has to start somewhere in regards to EV adoption right? And, frankly, the Nissan Leaf is a pretty good offering to start with. Perhaps if the vehicle sees success here, we’ll see EV prices drop in the future.
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