Stand back! Japan’s cars are about to win the electric race! Back in February, the Aspark Owl, a Japanese electric car, broke the world record by accelerating from a speed of 0 to 60 miles per hour in just over 1.9 seconds. Tesla’s Model S previously held the record for electric cars at 2.3 seconds. While completely street legal, the luxurious Aspark Owl sells for more than $4 million, which makes these speedy cars unattainable for most people.
While you might not be able to get your hands on one of these, the good news is there are many affordable, world-class electric cars being produced by Japanese auto manufacturers. Let’s take a look at three of our favorites:
- Nissan Leaf
The reliable Nissan mechanics are currently responsible for the highest-selling electric car of all time, the Nissan Leaf. 300,000 of these plug-in all-electric cars have sold internationally since the start of 2018. And this impressive number doesn’t only indicate new popularity either — a December 2017 report showed that nearly 72,500 Leafs had sold in Japan, roughly 114,827 in the USA, and about 68,000 in Europe. First released to the public in 2010, the current model’s electric motor features a 110 kW AC synchronous electric motor, a 40 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, and a 6.6 kW onboard charger. Maintenance costs on the Nissan Leaf are famously low, as this electric car rarely needs more than the standard servicing.
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Following hot on the Leaf’s tail is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. This plug-in hybrid SUV isn’t entirely electric, but it’s nonetheless a very impressive model. Featuring a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder MIVEC gasoline engine, the Outlander PHEV also features two 60 kW electric motors to control the front and back wheels, as well as a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack has two separate outlets for regular or quick charging. As of late January, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV had reached an important milestone of 100,000 sales in Europe alone. With this car, the honest Mitsubishi mechanics have truly created an international winner.
- Toyota Prius PHV
Not to be outdone by Nissan and Mitsubishi, Toyota mechanics presented the Toyota Prius PHV to the world in 2012, better known in America as the Prius Prime. This plug-in hybrid contains an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery and had sold 128,900 units worldwide as of December. Despite not being 100% electric, the need for Toyota repair on the Prius PHV is low since there are fewer fluids and moving parts than a non-hybrid car.
- Maintaining Your Electric Car
Do you have a Japanese electric car in need of a check-up in the Los Angeles, Artesia or Torrance areas? If you do or if you’re in need of Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda or Subaru auto repair, drive on over to LexService. With locations in the South Bay and Artesia, our trusted mechanics are experts in the maintenance and repair of Japanese vehicles, and we offer fair prices for our top-quality work. Contact us today to discover more about our trusted services.