Nissan wants to continue being the manufacturer’s flagship electric cars worldwide. The success of the Nissan LEAF, with over 250,000 units sold around the world, has enabled them to create a new propulsion technology for efficient and clean for the compact models. The manufacturer nippon initiate a new stage of electric vehicles with extended autonomy that do not require an external charger to recharge their batteries.
technology Nissan e-Power borrowed the experience of the manufacturer in the electric propulsion system to create a compact extended range electric vehicle. The idea is similar to that of BMW i3 REX, an EV that in this version it also has a small motorcycle engine, gasoline 650 cc to recharge their batteries for when we were without power, but with subtle differences.
In this class of vehicle, the electric motor is the one that moves the wheels, while the combustion is relegated only to generate energy recharging the batteries of the car. In this way the gasoline engine is never in charge of moving the car. This marks a notable difference with respect to conventional hybrids, where both engines, electric and combustion, work jointly or be alternated to move the drive wheels.
Nissan engineers have been able to create a compact unit that can be installed in conventional vehicles of reduced size. Without going into details at the moment, the vehicles of these features typically require motors and battery packs of larger size, however, they have managed to reduce your weight and enhance efficiency by making with a smaller battery than the Leaf offers the “same driving experience”.
If we talk about benefits we have three keys: driving experience, efficiency and practicality. The technology e-Power offers the torque instantaneous maximum that produce electric motors. This translates into a capacity of acceleration blunt, fast response and smoothness of running. The fuel consumption will be very low since it only to operate the combustion engine when necessary as in the conventional hybrid.
The charging of the battery should not be a problem since with the small fuel tank it shall not be necessary to search for a charger and wait for a good time to re-start the march. On the other side we also benefit from incredible comfort in circulation because most of the time, when the combustion engine is off, the car not emit neither noise nor vibrations and you will not be high when the small block begin to consume gasoline.
Nissan wants to go by entering your e-Power in vehicles reduced in size to slowly invade his range with this type of propulsion. The first model of these features that will be mass-produced is the Nissan Note e-Power although we still don’t know the technical details of the same as well as its price within the range Note. Nissan has also announced that it continues its research on the propulsion system based on fuel cell as well as the development of its electric does not cease either.