The automotive giant is making headlines once more with its award-winning Nissan e-POWER technology. This proprietary innovation combines a fully electric motor with a petrol engine to charge the battery without having to plug it in.
Nissan e-POWER is derived from the all-new Nissan LEAF, which is the most successful mass-produced electric vehicle to date with Tesla Model 3 close behind. This innovative mass-market fully electric vehicle has sold nearly 500,000 units across the world and that number will only increase as the automotive sector introduces better technologies.
How Does The Nissan e-POWER Technology Work
This proprietary technology is not quite the same as the current BEV power systems as the Nissan e-POWER has a fully electric motor that delivers power directly to the wheels, while a petrol engine produces electricity for the motor.
Power from the high-output battery is delivered straight to the compact powertrain with a full house of equipment, including a petrol engine with a power generator, an inverter, a battery and an electric motor.
They’ve also optimised timing control to ensure the engine only runs when necessary which greatly reduces all-round vehicle noise.
Once you experience e-POWER, you will know exactly why customers have fallen in love with this technology. It offers linear and exhilarating acceleration unique to 100% electric motors but it doesn’t have the restraint of battery charge. Watch this short video to get a better understanding of just how impressive Nissan e-POWER is.
What Are The Benefits Of e-POWER?
As mentioned earlier, Nissan e-POWER allows you to enjoy all the benefits of an EV, without the need for lengthy, inconvenient plug-in charges. Among many others, here are a few major benefits of the Nissan e-POWER system:
- Delivers massive amounts of torque almost instantly
- Enhanced driver response with smoother acceleration
- Fuel efficiency can be compared to that of leading conventional hybrids
- Even with an engine, the e-POWER system offers exceptional silence while driving, similar to the EV experience
The Future Of Electric Vehicles And e-POWER
Earlier in 2020, Nissan launched the Kicks e-POWER in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. However, their plans to launch the e-POWER in Europe and China has also hit the mark as the all-new Nissan Qashqai which is due to be introduced later this year will have the Nissan e-POWER hybrid system.
At the unveiling of the new all-electric Nissan Ariya, Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta said, “Qashqai will come to Europe with e-POWER – it’s one our core technologies. In Europe, we will have e-POWER and we will have battery EVs – this is where we are defining our technologies.”
Nissan expects to deliver more than 1 million electrified vehicles, including EVs and e-POWER models, to customers around the world each year by the end of the 2023 fiscal year. Other than the Nissan LEAF being available locally, there is no confirmation whether we will see the new Nissan e-POWER Qashqai or any other model in South Africa.