Electric cars for livable Manila

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The Nissan Leaf is the main electric vehicle that is presented as an alternative powered vehicle. It has a 200 mile distance battery power and can be charged with a home socket.

Having the right incentives will help spur electrification in the region.

Metro Manila is one of the most congested cities in the world according to a UN population survey. It has become so crowded that even the roads are full of vehicles at the most ungodly hours.

This is not unique to us though, as most major cities in South East Asia are the same, experiencing severe traffic along with increasing air and noise pollution. Cities like Jakarta, Bangkok and Hanoi also have these problems, making it very hard to raise the standard and quality of living.

In Metro Manila alone, it takes hours to reach a destination a few kilometers away. And while our government is doing the best it can, the sheer volume of vehicles just seems to make it an impossible mission.

But Nissan has been doing research that may be able to at least help in making our metropolis more livable.

Yutaka Sanada, regional senior vice president, Asia & Oceania at Nissan says that one of the ways the automaker is doing so is by the promotion of electric vehicles (EV) through Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

Sanada says with the use of EV, emissions within the cities are expected to drop by a relatively large margin. It is also easy to integrate EV into our homes and offices. In fact, many consumers in Southeast Asia are ready to make the shift to a greener mode of transportation, with consumers open to buying an EV as their next vehicle.

According to Nissan, having the right incentives will help spur electrification in the region. The automaker cites in their study that consumers named tax waivers as one of the motivators in switching to EV. There is also the convenience of having charging stations built into apartments and office buildings.

Sanada says for this to work, both the government and private sectors need to invest time, energy and resources. In Norway, where the program has a very excellent rate of progress, it began by giving tax breaks to companies and consumers while investing in charging infrastructure to speed up the adoptions of EV.

In Southeast Asia, Singapore has launched the first electric car sharing program with 2,000 charging points expected to rise by 2020. With these kinds of programs, Nissan hopes the adoption of electrification will make key cities in Southeast Asia could be more livable in the future.

And while our country has to make the big leap, being new to the program allows us more leeway and creativity to help make Me tro Manila a more livable community in terms of transportation.

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