BY the year 2020, roads in Malaysia is occupied by 10 to 15 percent of electric vehicle or EV. Not produce any carbon dioxide (CO2), the EV mode is seen as the future mobility more environmentally friendly than other vehicles, including hybrids.Actually, the vehicle driven by an electric motor is not new. Innovation have existed around 1900 again. However, due to battery issues are expensive, slow, heavy and able to achieve distance away, the idea was replaced by the internal combustion engine using gasoline or diesel fuel. Now, the idea was again raised with a variety of advanced technology. The situation was evident when most vehicle manufacturers in the world, whether small or large scale back swiftly in building their EV. In many, many manufacturers, only Nissan EV are mass produced. Given the name Leaf, EV has received favorable once it is introduced into the market in December 2010. To date, a total of 27,000 units were sold with the majority in the U.S. market (U.S.) and Japan. Southeast Asia, Nissan Leaf first arrived in Singapore in December 2011. A total of 25 units of Nissan Leaf is used in a three-year test program to find out the suitability of the use of EV in these republics. Malaysia seems to not want to miss in promoting the use of green technology vehicles. The clearest evidence is reflected in the initiatives outlined in the National Green Technology Policy.
Announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in July 2009, it aims to conserve the natural environment and natural resources, as well as reducing the CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.The initiative is supported by the Circulation Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd. (ETCM) recently launched Nissan Leaf Pilot Program. It is the first program of its kind in Malaysia and is known as Journey to Zero Emission. Officiated by the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Journey to Zero Emission ETCM the platform for raising public awareness about the Nissan EV creation as well as study the feasibility of implementing EV on Malaysian roads.
ETCM executive director Datuk Dr. Ang Bon Beng said the biggest challenge for the EV associated with infrastructure (charging stations), other policy or agreement from the government.However, Bon Beng The police had a discussion with the mall owner, operator stations and distributor of Nissan vehicles for providing charging. Not only that, customers who have a Nissan Leaf can also charge their vehicles using electrical points will be installed by technicians ETCM. It’s also cheap, less than RM500. Each time a full charge for eight hours, you are only charged the bill of RM7.90 by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). In other words, if all parties can cooperate, then logically, EV implementation in Malaysia is not as difficult as you think. “Yes, but should know that this infrastructure is not cheap. So, ETCM still need government support to enable implementation to be simpler and more realistic, “said Ang. Journey to Zero Emission Program will last until the end of this year. During this period, a total of ten units will be used by Leaf government agencies, the media and the public.
How much for Nissan Leaf? So far, ETCM still not planning to sell it. The focus is now more focused on awareness of the EV, merit and receive feedback from the public. The information will then be shared with the Nissan Motor Japan to ensure the Nissan Leaf really suit the driving conditions and needs of local users in the future.Nissan Leaf Pilot Program will be held in the Klang Valley which has a population of most large vehicles, as well as a focal point in Malaysia. Besides the tour, you get a chance to test drive Nissan Leaf at selected locations. ETCM also choose some of the people of Malaysia to become ambassador Leaf. They will be ‘living’ with the EV in a certain period. Leaf ambassador not consist of celebrities. So, you can apply to become one of the ambassador, but must meet set criteria. I could test drive the Nissan Leaf from ETCM showroom at Progress Road, Petaling Jaya, enter the Sprint Highway before making the turn at the junction leading to the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC). Although the distance and the period is sufficiently brief test drive, Nissan Leaf amaze. Character was not much different driving conventional cars, but electric motors that provide power and torque as well as soon as the pedal is pressed.
When the battery is full, Nissan Leaf can travel as far as 160 kilometers, but still depends on how you driving. Indirectly it is seen as the most ideal mode of transport for those who travel less than 100 kilometers a day.Nissan Leaf have the operation as a normal hatchback. Cabin space is quiet and equipped with advanced technology that would make the other car owners jealous if you have it. When to buy a Nissan Leaf? We’ll wait and see. Maybe it was not long as we assume.
- anthony tan tan chong