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Nissan has done some great things with alternative power in its vehicles. For example, the Nissan Leaf is a vehicle that is entirely electric. However, now, Nissan has a unique vehicle called the Nissan Note e-Power. This vehicle is not exactly an electric vehicle, and it is not exactly a hybrid vehicle. Learn more about the Note e-Power below.
According to Forbes, “The Note e-Power is what the industry calls a “series hybrid” which means, for all intents and purposes, this car is an electric car in that it runs on an electric motor which drives the front wheels. But it also has a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine that acts solely as a generator to charge the batteries. The engine does not drive the wheels in any way, and for Japan, that is a new concept.”
The Note e-Power has a 40kW electric motor, but there is no plug-in feature like many hybrid vehicles. The gas engine is used only to generate electricity for the electric engine. This helps it produce more energy with less fuel.
The Note e-Power is currently only available in Japan, but this may be a vehicle that expands to other nations. What does Nissan have planned for the Note e-Power?
Electrive tells us “Nissan wants to extend the reach of their e-Power technology as used in the Note beyond Japan. First markets to benefit from the unusual hybrid are countries in south east Asia such as Thailand and others with weak charging infrastructure.”
Will the Note e-Power come to the United States? Nissan is looking to adapt its e-Power technology for vehicles in the US, so this could be something to look out for if you are interested in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles.
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