THE Nissan Leaf electric vehicle will be sold in the Philippines and Indonesia in 2020 as Nissan Motor plans to assemble EV components in key Southeast Asian markets.
According to Yutaka Sanada, Nissan regional senior vice-president and head of Asia and Oceania, the move is part of Nissan’s goal to have one fourth of its sales volume be composed of EVs. However, the executive, who announced the plans in a series of presentations held in Hong Kong on March 8-10, did not specify in which Southeast Asian markets Nissan intends to assemble the EV components.
“We are. . . bringing the new Nissan Leaf to more markets in the region, and introducing it in Indonesia and the Philippines is a key step. This allows customers to get first-hand experience with the benefits of electric vehicles. . . ,” Mr. Sanada said.
The Leaf is a fully electric, battery-powered compact car introduced in 2010. The car’s second-generation model was launched in Japan in 2017. Nissan said more than 400,000 Leafs have been sold since the original model’s debut. In Asia and Oceania, the car is already available in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia.