Current Japanese EV (Electric Vehicle) market
On Japanese EV market, Tesla reduced the Model S price a lot. Then the price range is now around 4 million yen. More than 1.5 million yen has been cut from the list price, so it is getting easier to get fancy EV models nowadays. European automakers launch a lot of basic class EVs in this 2-3 years. Japanese automakers also launch good quality ones such as Nissan Leaf, Honda e, and Mazda MX-30.
Nissan Leaf which is second generation now offering the 2 types of 40kWh or 62kWh battery capacity. The 40kWh version which has smaller battery capacity, starts from 3,266,400 yen. The 62kWh version which is called e+, starts from 4,411,000 yen. Both types are priced at less than 5 million yen.
Honda e is the first EV model for Honda. Honda usually makes FF(Front engine, Front wheel drive) mainly, but e is surprisingly rear wheel drive. However the minimum turning radius is 4.3 meters.
As a vehicle for the future, Honda e has a unique driving experience with five LCD screens mounted on the dashboard and side cameras instead of door mirrors. The driving range on a full charge is around 259 to 283 km.
Mazda MX-30 is also the first EV model for Mazda. Mazda uses the name “MX” for a vehicle that makes new value. The driving experience of MX-30 is completely different from other EVs. You can change gears with the paddle shift like you drive petrol manual vehicles. On the other hand, it does not feel like EVs, so it would depend on the driver’s preference. The driving range on a full charge is around 256 km.
Nissan Leaf and Honda e are equipped with Vehicle to Home (VtoH) function which allows power supply outside the vehicle through 100V outlet. Recently huge natural disasters often happen in the world. These power supply functions are enough reason to buy EVs from now on.