Nissan is planning to launch its first electric vehicle – the Note e-Power – in India. A Note e-Power finished in a flaming orange shade was spotted recently in a basement parking. This is not the first time that the e-Power test mules have been spotted testing on roads in India. The car is likely to be launched as a premium hatchback to take on the Hyundai i20 Elite and the Maruti Baleno.
The car measures 4100 mm in length, which is larger than both the rivals. Nissan may have to trim some length to fit it under the sub 4-meter category. Known as a mini MPV, the car can easily accommodate 5 adults, and comes with a wheelbase measuring 2600 mm. This makes the new Nissan premium hatchback a lot more spacious than both the Hyundai i20 Elite and Maruti Baleno.
The car is quite a unique hybrid, one that’s never been seen in India. The Nissan Note e-Power is a series hybrid, which means that it uses a small capacity petrol engine to charge the batteries, which in turn power the electric motor. So, the car does not need to be charged like a conventional electric car although it runs on electricity.
The petrol engine on the e-Power is the 1.2 litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 79 Bhp of peak power and 102 Nm of peak torque. This is the same engine found on the Nissan Micra. The petrol engine charges the 1.5 kWh batteries that power up the electric motor. The Note e-power uses an EM57 electric motor which is capable of generating 109 Bhp of peak power and 254 Nm of peak torque. This gives the Note e-power a mileage of 37 Kmpl. Stunning, isn’t it?
Nissan Note e-Power could be priced around Rs 12 lakhs if and when launched in India. A unique car that combines the advantages of petrol power with the low emission nature of electric vehicles, the Note e-Power will function as a brand builder for Nissan.