Nissan is going all in on electrification with 15 new models in Europe by 2030. The launch of the Ariya crossover, which is based on the same platform as the Mégane e-Tech, but with a very different exterior look and feel inside.
Nissan is also coming up with a new motorization in Europe: 100% electric but with a thermal engine that acts as a generator. A technology called e-Power, which had been proposed for the first time in 2017 on the Nissan Note. In case of lack of electricity; a thermal engine starts up: a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline block with variable compression. Connected to a generator, it produces the electricity needed for electric traction.
The interest of this technology lies in the small battery, limiting the cost of this engine compared to plug-in hybrids or 100% electric systems. The e-power version offers a power of 140 kW (190 hp), with the characteristics of electric driving, such as a torque of 330 Nm available from the start. Nissan estimates a range of up to 900 km, well above that of electric models.
To continue reading, do not hesitate to consult our article on the electric battery.