Three surprising facts about electric vehicle ownership

BANGKOK, Thailand (4 April, 2019) – Electric vehicles (EV) aren’t just for early adopters anymore. With more than one-third of Southeast Asian consumers considering EVs for their next vehicle purchase¹, the demand from people in Asia and Oceania to learn about EV ownership is increasing.


To help, the fourth video of Nissan’s EV Education Series addresses three facts to easily explain the simplicity and advantages of EV ownership.


Tim Jarvis, Australian explorer and environmental scientist, and Naya Ehrlich-Adam, founder of sustainable food business Broccoli Revolution in Bangkok, team up to bust some of the common myths around owning electric vehicles. 


Through their first-hand experience of the world’s best-selling EV – the Nissan LEAF - they also share surprising facts. 


“Our educational video series on EV ownership is a testament of Nissan’s relentless dedication to transform the way we live and drive,” said Yutaka Sanada, regional senior vice president for Nissan Asia & Oceania.


“By sharing the genuine surprise of real-world individuals as they learn the ease and benefits of electric vehicles, we aim to debunk current misperceptions as well as inspire audiences for the future.”


1. Battery-powered cars reduce spending on fuel and maintenance

With fewer moving parts in an EV, owners can save on maintenance costs² as well as fuel.


Putting this in perspective, most drivers in Southeast Asia travel less than 80 kilometres a day, using approximately 5.6 litres of petrol. By driving an EV, vehicle owners can save up to USD $8.80 per day or over USD $3,200 per year³.


Maintenance and service costs are also considerably lower for EVs. In the US, for example, EV owners experience an average savings of more than USD $650 per year⁴. 


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 year⁵. 


2. EVs have the same space as standard cars, and can accelerate like one too

Many consumers believe that EVs have limited space and acceleration. However, EVs today offer a full-powered vehicle experience and space allowances especially designed for modern drivers.


As an example, the Nissan LEAF has 435 litres of luggage space – the equivalent of filling a conventional bathtub to the brim with luggage, and still having room to spare⁷. In addition, a Nissan LEAF can comfortably accommodate up to five adults.


Furthermore, the concern that EVs can’t pick up speed adequately is a myth. With 110kW of power and 320Nm of torque, new Nissan LEAF boasts instant acceleration making it a lot of fun to drive. The car’s battery pack also sits down in the chassis for a low centre of gravity that allows the car to hug the road, for greater speed and stability.


3. Owners of EVs are driving sustainably into the future

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 per cent of people extremely or very concerned about this issue⁸.


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.


As Tim Jarvis articulates in this latest Nissan EV Ownership video: “If everyone drove electric cars, we would be in a far better place.”





About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30 per cent increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance sold 10.76 million vehicles combined in calendar year 2018.


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