Frankly, this has been a long time coming. The Japanese carmaker first shared its intent to bring the EV to our shores back in 2019. This was over two years ago and, at the time, the vehicle was scheduled for a launch sometime in 2020.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 happened, and, well, here we are. No official specs and prices have been shared, though we did get to drive two units provided by NPI back in February. The EVs we had our hands on packed an electric setup capable of 148hp and 320Nm of torque.
From our experience, the Leaf is an EV that shows a lot of promise. It offers a decent amount of range—enough to make to travel to nearby provinces from Manila without having to worry about juice—and solid driving dynamics. Long story short? Once it launches, it will be the most polished mass-market EV in the country. You can read more about our time with the Nissan Leaf here. Alternatively, you can check out the video below:
Our First Drive of the Nissan Leaf
Of course, all of that promise is also dependent on how it will be priced locally. We won’t have to wait long, though, to find out how much this thing will go for around these parts.
Anyway, as we said, mark your calendars. Will any of you consider shifting to an EV if the local Leaf is priced competitively?