Nissan LEAF now part of Vatican’s fleet 

Updated Jun 17, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It will help in the Holy See’s journey to zero emissions 

As most of you already know, many countries are looking to cut down their carbon emissions. In turn, car manufacturers are in the race to develop and release electrified cars, and recently, Nissan Philippines even brought in the all-electric LEAF. 

A picture of Nissan Italy Managing director handing over the Nissan LEAF to Cardinal Bertello

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello receiving the Nissan LEAF from Nissan Italy Managing Director Marco Toro

On this year’s World Environment Day, the Holy See’s independent city state also went further into going green. This happened when the President of the Governorate of Vatican City State and President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello received a brand-new Nissan LEAF. The said vehicle will of course help towards providing clean and sustainable mobility for the aforementioned city state, and for the day-to-day operations of the Holy See.  

Of note, this follows the launch of the Vatican’s Laudato si’ Action Platform. This seven-year plan seeks to make Catholic institutions more environmentally sustainable, and it also takes its name from the pope’s 2015 encyclical letter focusing on ecological concerns. 

The said Nissan EV unit was donated by the Japanese automaker, and was handed over by Nissan Italy Managing Director Marco Toro. It was a special ceremony and the aforementioned LEAF unit is now part of the Vatican City’s fleet of cars. As a side note, the current Popemobile is a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, which also has zero carbon emissions. 

A picture of the Nissan LEAF parked in the middle of a road

There's no doubt that the Vatican-based cardinals will appreciate the capabilities of the Nissan LEAF

If you’re interested in cutting down your own carbon footprint, then be aware that the Nissan LEAF is already here in the Philippines. Its sole variant for the local market is powered by an electric motor that can produce up to 150 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque, and it provides ample room for up to five occupants. Its 40 kWh battery also has a maximum range of 311 km. 

The most interesting feature of the LEAF is that it allows for single-pedal driving. This technology is called the e-Pedal, and it works by automatically applying the brakes whenever pressure is released from the accelerator pedal. This of course means less leg movement for the driver, which in turn makes driving through bumper-to-bumper traffic less tiring. 

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Know more about Nissan LEAF 2024

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF 2023 Philippines is a 5-door hatchback fitted with an all-electric powertrain. It is offered in the Philippines with one variant only which is priced at Php 1,998,000. Powering this electric vehicle (EV) is a synchronous electric motor capable of generating 148 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. A 40-kWh lithium-ion battery is used, which aids the model's 311 km range. Only a single-speed gear reduction system is utilized to exclusively send power to the front wheels.

Dimensions-wise, the LEAF has a length of 4,490 mm, a width of 1,788 mm, and a height of 1,540, with ground clearance and wheelbase rated at 155 mm and 2,700 mm, respectively. This is the first and only commercially-available EV in the country. But in the all-electric options, the alternatives of Filipino car buyers include the Porsche Taycan, Hyundai Ioniq EV, and BYD E6.

₱ 1,998,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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