Nissan e-Power is the next step in its conquest of Nissan electric world. Presented today in Yokohama, the system promises a great advantage for electric cars, based on the experience that the Japanese manufacturer having sold 250,000 units of its electric ram, the Nissan Leaf.
And paradoxically, the next step in the conquest of Nissan electric world uses gasoline. Even a little nothing.
Nissan technology e-Power is to take full advantage of the usual electrical system and Nissan, but supporting the battery with a gasoline engine that gives energy when needed. An extended-range electric lifelong, but from an industrial point of view this technology is classified as serial hybrid engine.
The system consists of an electric power train, in which the electric motor drives the wheels, a battery, a gas generator and an inverter. Nothing that we did not know of an old commercial enemy of Nissan Leaf named Chevrolet Volt.
As obvious advantage of the system is the elimination of this dependency cable and plug having any pure electric, without sacrificing the driving experience that gives an electric. Nissan also claims that this structure usually needs a motor and a battery larger, but say they have “broken the code and learned to minimize and reduce weight, develop methods of controlling the engine more reactive and optimize energy management”.
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As a result of these improvements announced Nissan, e-Power uses a smaller battery that incorporating the Leaf without sacrificing the advantages of electric Nissan; among others, delivering torque almost instantaneous. As for the efficiency of the heat engine support, Nissan promises a “comparable to the most outstanding conventional hybrid” behavior, especially in urban layouts.
It is striking that Nissan has taken this step back to step forward in its research on electric cars. Or is it that the conditions that have the real world, in terms of infrastructure and in terms of battery development, has forced Yokohama to set foot on the floor and look for an intermediate step between the current situation and the future promising of pure electric cars? Anyway, I welcome the Nissan e-Power, if this system is achieved widespread electric mobility, especially in cities.