The Japanese carmaker wants to bring its range extender tech to the States, where it shall help to power rather big hybrid models, according to chief planner Philippe Klein. In Japan, the tech is known to feed Nissan’s small car Note.
Klein adds that Nissan did not expect the currently high demand in its domestic market. He considers the range extender tech to be also an alternative to the diesel engine in Europe. In future, also Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti will feature the e-Power tech.
The system couples the tech of Nissan’s Leaf with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, charging the battery. Thus, propulsion relies solely on electricity. The battery is smaller than the Leaf’s one and cannot be charged externally.
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