The time has come for electric cars and although the process is slower in South America, mainly due to the infrastructure problem, which has already fully entered this new period.
For example, in Argentina, the Renault Kangoo Z.E is already commercialized, and now at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show, Chevrolet and Nissan confirmed the arrival of two models in the region, Bolt EV and Leaf.
In this way, Chevrolet announced the launch of commercialization in the Bolt EV in Brazil, a model with approximately autonomy of 383 kilometers with a battery.
Whilst this figure is obtained in a driving situation that is quite favorable and can not be achieved in real life, Considering that the average Brazilian travels 40 kilometers a day, the model becomes a successful option for many potential customers.
In addition, the model has a regenerative system that regenerates energy in deceleration processes. The good thing is that you do not have to leave Bolt's loading all night, as you can reach 40 kilometers of autonomy with a half-propeller charger in 60 minutes or with a quick device of 145 km in 30 minutes.
Depending on the performance, the EV sensor accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds, the number is very good because its engine as an electric motor is linear as it presses on the gas.
According to Carlos Zarlenga, President of General Motors Mercosur, "Chevrolet will lead the territory of electric companies in Brazil with Bolt EV, which comes to democratize this technology. " Although the Executive Director knows that infrastructure and public policies – with their incentives – are two very important elements for expansion.
The best-selling 100% electric vehicle in the world
On the other hand, Nissan did the same with the second-generation Leaf, the best-selling 100% electric vehicle in the world, debuting at the San Pablo Salon as one of the main attractions of the Japanese brand stand, as an exclusive pre-sales program has been approved for several markets in the region.
The Leaf has a range of up to 389 km in urban cycle according to WLTP (270 km in combined cycle) and 240 km per EPA cycle. In addition, it has the new e-Powertrain technology, delivering 110 kW (149 hp) and 32.6 kgfm of torque.
In addition, the model is equipped with e-Pedal technology, which transforms the way people drive. The system allows the driver to start, accelerate, slow down and stop by increasing or decreasing gas pressure.
On the other hand, the design of the new Leaf with regard to the first generation is a lower profile with dynamic and impressive lines associated with aerodynamics, which strengthens its modern look. The characteristic points of the Nissan brand are shown in headlights in the form of boomerangs and in the V-motion grid.
The interior of the Leaf was designed with the driver in mind and the space is optimized to increase its functionality. It uses carefully selected materials and has a new 7-inch color screen with a TFT display that highlights the main features, such as Safety shield indicator, available energy and navigation information and audio system.
José Luis Valls, president of Nissan Latin America, said: "Nissan Leaf arrives in Latin America to offer consumers in the region the world's best brand, with advanced technologies that provide the greatest experience in intelligent management, performance and connectivity in our vision of the future of Nissan's intelligent mobility."
The new Nissan Leaf is available for pre-sale in Brazil, Chile and Colombia, and in Argentina since January 2019.