Leafing through the Nissan Leaf alternatives

Nissan Leaf

Do you want to cut your CO2 emissions with an electric vehicle like the Nissan Leaf? Then consider its list of benefits. 

When fully charged, the Leaf can travel up to 311 kilometers. When running, Nissan claimed that the car has a running noise level of only 21 decibels. Compared to the average 82 decibels that a internal combustion-engine (ICE) car produces when driving at 80kph, that figure is near-silent. 

Leaf servicing costs are said to be 20 to 30 percent lower compared to an ICE's, as the EV does away with engine oil and engine filter, among other parts. That should allow the owner to recoup the P2.768 million he or she paid for the Leaf.

The Leaf is among the handful of EVs in the market. It also almost matches in price other cars which may not be totally zero emission, but possess other fuel-saving, emissions-reducing tricks.  

 Hyundai Ioniq EV (P2.05 million)


The Ioniq EV has a range of of 170 miles or 273 kilometers, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. That comes from an electric motor with 118hp and 294Nm of torque, and is paired to a 28kWh lithium-ion battery. 

Changan Eado EV460 (P1.828 million)


Unusual looks and an unfamiliar badge may steal some of the Leaf's thunder, and so its 550km range on a single charge, as claimed by the manufacturer. The Eado EV460's electric motor produces 134hp and 245Nm of torque. 

Toyota Prius (P2.354 million) 

toyota prius

An electric motor and a 1.8-liter gasoline engine, either together or separately depending on their charge or fuel level, move the Prius. The powertrain nets 132hp and 207Nm of torque, and an estimated fuel economy figure of 23kpl.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class 200 BlueEfficiency AT (P2.72 million)


The 1.6-liter BlueEfficiency gas mill in Merc's compact hatchback has start/stop function and alternator handling, among other tricks. Start/stop shuts off the engine during idling, while the alternator uses the energy produced from braking to help the car accelerate. 

Peugeot 3008 2.0L Diesel (P2.89 million)


If one's budget can stretch to the 3008, one will benefit from the SUV's BlueHDi engine tech. The engine is said to have three stages of cleansing to remove and reduce pollutants, hydrocarbons, CO2, and nitrogen oxides. As a result, the 3008 complies with Euro 6 emissions standards.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (P2.998 million)


Because of its two engines, the Outlander PHEV has a higher price compared to the Leaf. The Outlander's electric motors allow 45 kilometers of CO2-free travels, before the 2.4-liter gasoline engine kicks in. The car is then plugged in to charge the e-motors. 

Photos from Nissan Philippines, Hyundai, Changan, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Mitsubishi

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