Nissan’s light EV “Sakura” is selling well! Future issue is the direction of subsidies

Sales of Nissan’s new light EV “Sakura” are brisk. It was announced on May 20, 2022, and received orders for 23,000 units on July 28, about two months later. The Sakura has become an exceptional hit car for an electric vehicle.

One of the reasons why the Sakura is so popular is because it is an electric car that is the size of a mini car. Compared to vehicles with internal combustion engines, electric vehicles can travel a shorter distance on a single charge, and a large-capacity lithium-ion battery is required to improve this. However, if a large-capacity lithium-ion battery is installed, the body will become heavy and the vehicle price will also increase. At the moment, trying to extend the cruising range of an electric vehicle has various drawbacks.

However, if it is a light car, the view of electric cars will change. Light cars are one of the means of transportation mainly in the city, so there are few opportunities to run long distances. For example, if a person who already owns a first car such as a minivan or SUV at home uses a light car-sized electric car as a second car for short distances, the mileage should not be much of an issue.

In addition, mini vehicles are light in weight and do not require a large amount of power when accelerating, so power consumption is low. In addition, kei cars have a small body and are easy to drive in crowded streets and parking lots. If electric vehicles are to be popularized in Japan, the category of minicars, which are easy to use as second cars and have no mileage restrictions, is ideal. For these reasons, sales of cherry blossoms are increasing.
Therefore, users who can recommend Sakura are those who live in a detached house where charging equipment can be installed at home and who also use first cars such as Nissan’s “Serena” and “X-Trail”. Of course, if the movement using a car is limited to short distances, there is no problem with owning only one Sakura.

In addition, the Sakura is also suitable for users who want to save on driving costs. The total power consumption of the lithium-ion battery is 20kWh, and it can run 180km on a single charge. 1kWh is 19.88 yen, so 20kWh is 397.6 yen. If you run 180km with this amount, the running cost per 1km will be 2.2 yen.

On the other hand, Nissan’s light car “Days” NA engine equipped car has a WLTC mode fuel consumption of 21.2km / L. If the regular gasoline price is 160 yen per liter, the driving cost per 1km will be 7.5 yen. If you run 10,000 km in a year, the running cost of Sakura is 22,000 yen and Days is 75,000 yen, so Sakura can save 53,000 yen. When converted to a ratio, Sakura’s running cost is 29% of Days.
Moreover, the electric car runs well. Sakura is only motor-driven and does not have an engine, so the noise is overwhelmingly low compared to hybrids. Acceleration is also smooth. Moreover, the motor has a strong instantaneous force, and the feeling of acceleration when the accelerator pedal is stepped on while the car is stopped or cruising greatly exceeds that of a light car with a turbo engine. Since the speed is increased at once with almost no increase in noise, it also has a unique impact and high quality feel. The feeling of driving is also fun.

Sakura has good running stability and ride comfort. Because the lithium-ion battery for driving is mounted at a low position, the center of gravity is lowered, and the battery is reinforced to protect it in the event of a collision, increasing the rigidity of the body.
In this way, excellent power performance, quietness, driving stability, and ride comfort are features that apply to other electric vehicles, but Sakura has a carefully finished interior and exterior. The sister car Mitsubishi “eK Cross EV” has almost the same interior and exterior as the eK Cross in order to express the commonality of Mitsubishi cars, but Sakura and Days are very different, and only windows are shared.
As a series of Nissan electric vehicles, Sakura emphasizes commonality with “Aria” and “Leaf”, and the exterior color is the same as Aria and Leaf, “Akatsuki-Akatsuki-Sunrise Copper / Black 2 Tone”. is set.
Unlike the Days and eK Cross EV, the instrument panel has a tray-like front passenger seat. In order to achieve this shape, the air conditioning ducts located inside the instrument panel have been changed.

A fabric-like material is used for the instrument panel, and the interior quality is further enhanced by installing the G premium interior package. Considering the high quality and individuality of an electric vehicle, Sakura’s design is generally attractive compared to its sister car eK Cross EV. The eK Cross EV values ​​the commonality of Mitsubishi vehicles, so it is easy to get the sympathy of Mitsubishi fans.
Sakura has improved various qualities from running to ride comfort and interior, but it is an electric car and the price is high among light cars. Intermediate X is 2,399,100 yen, and advanced G is 2,940,300 yen. On Days, the advanced Highway Star G Turbo Pro Pilot Edition will be priced at 1,747,900 yen. If you install a 222,037 yen car navigation system as an option and match the conditions with Sa, Kura G, the total amount will be 1,969,937 yen. Still, the price of Sakura G is about 970,000 yen higher. The tax to be paid at the time of purchase is about 30,000 yen higher for the Days, and even after deducting that, the difference is about 940,000 yen.

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