The ASEAN electric vehicle world was abuzz last week when Nissan presented its Nissan Futures event at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center in Singapore.
The latest version of the Nissan Leaf electric car model was presented to the public as Nissan officials from around the globe were there to present the latest trends in the electric vehicle industry such as autonomous driving and state of the art design and accessories.
Electric vehicle experts and government representatives from different parts of the ASEAN region were also there to join panel discussions and exchange ideas on the status of the EV industry in their respective areas. The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines was there to witness the event with Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines as one of the panelists.
“It was very good to learn about Nissan’s cutting edge technology in electric vehicles and autonomous driving. And we look forward to the day when Nissan will introduce the Nissan Leaf in the Philippines”, he says.
Juan explains that the time is right for the Philippines for EVs because of the exemption from excise tax of EVs in the new tax law, thus considerably lowering its selling price. “And also because EV charging infrastructures are now being set up by the private sector in strategic locations. And of course, the PUV Modernization Program aimed at replacing some 200,000 jeepneys is also a big potential for the electric jeepneys”.
During the event, a survey from Frost and Sullivan was presented that showed that the Philippines is at the top of the list in the ASEAN region in terms of willingness to consider an EV on their next vehicle purchase.
“Frost and Sullivan’s study just proves that our association is on the right track, that we are doing something right in our efforts to promote EVs and EV technology nationwide. Our efforts are now bearing fruit”, says Juan.
The Nissan Futures event also took the delegates and the members of the media for a test drive of the new Nissan Leaf and Nissan Note at the Autonomous Vehicle Test Centre at the Nanyang Technical University Singapore to get a feel of how it is to drive these futuristic electric cars.