Nissan to Expand e-Power Note on Global Levels
Nissan is a formidable player in the hybrid car industry and poses a serious challenge, at least in Japan. And now, Nissan is set to change that with plans to start building hybrid systems for global usage too. In November, Nissan brought into play its e-Power extended range hybrid model in Japan for the Note subcompact hatchback.
The car model has been a runaway success in the Japan where it reached the top of the country’s sales figures and dethroned Prius, which has been a long-term rival and is one of the best-selling hybrid options in Japan and the world. And now the plan is to replicate the success of hybrid model on a global level and not only in pure EVs.
The Note’s fuel saving system bears a resemblance to the Chevrolet’s Volt. The Note e-power has a 1.29liter, three cylinder engine that acts as a generator and charges the lithium ion based battery. The battery in turn powers the motor, propelling the car forward. However, the car can’t be charged by an external plug. To ensure fuel savings, the engine works in a particular position with stability to generate electricity rather than revving up and down to generate power.
The Note e-power has been achieving around 32.7 kilometers/liter(77mpg), and Nissan hopes that it will be successful in the rest of the world too.