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Old 11th September 2017, 00:07   #1
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Default Rumour: Nissan to evaluate the Note e-Power for India

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Japanese carmaker Nissan is studying the possibility of introducing the Note e-Power in India. The carmaker feels that this electrically driven hatchback which is charged by a small 1198cc petrol engine (range extender) rather than a fixed charging socket, will be better suited for the Indian buyer.

“The e-Power technology will be very convenient for the Indian customer. We have a request from our team in India to study the e-Power technology for the country,” Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president, Global Marketing and Sales, Nissan Motor Co said addressing the media at the company’s headquarters in Yokohama.

Launched in Japan last year, the Note e-Power is the automaker’s first range-extended electric vehicle. It can run on petrol like a normal petrol-powered or hybrid car, without having to charge the battery from a charging station, thus making it suitable for countries such as India where the electric vehicle charging network is weak.

Schillaci also confirmed that Nissan is gearing up to launch a pilot run of its all-electric vehicle, Leaf, in India to study its viability. “I can confirm that we are starting a deep test of the new Leaf in India this year. So in terms of strategy, the Note e-Power and the Leaf are the two things we are studying,” Schillaci added.

The new Leaf is powered by a 40kWh battery, up 10kWh from the previous-gen vehicle and makes 140hp, up 40.4hp than the current 30kW range-topper.
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The "Range Extender" system always raises suspicion. The economy of many game changing electrics like the i3, is questionable under the operation of an Range extender.
For instance the i3 range extender uses up around 35-40MPG fuel rate when in operation. Not at all great!

It would make more sense to consider the smaller Nissan Leaf, which is All-Electric and provides a 'superb' range of 225Kms with a full charge.

The only Fly in this electrifying Ointment, would be the price. A cool 22,500 USD after subsidies & 30000 USD without subsidies (which mean Rs 20 lakh in India, for a Hatchback).

But, the silver lining would be the 150PS power and 320NM instant toque.
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Hmmm... interesting. I hope a lot more manufacturers fast track their plans to bring hybrid and electric offerings to India.

The Indian automotive industry may well be at the cusp of its biggest change in many years and manufacturers should be thinking of this as the big opportunity to stay / get ahead of the game.
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Default Re: Rumour: Nissan to evaluate the Note e-Power for India

Nissan India starts road tests of the Note hatchback in Chennai.

This particular test mule doesn't wear any "e-Power" badging, though.

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The spotted test mule wears a black paint and is most probably the top-end trim. The car has a distinctive shape to the tail-lights which seem like LED units, the rear windscreen gets a wiper, there are chrome door handles, rear parking sensors and alloy wheels. Also, the alloy wheels look identical to the ones seen on the Sunny. The hatchback also wears a Medalist badge on the boot lid.
Globally, the car is offered with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. Nissan could plonk the 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel motors that do duty on the Micra and Sunny.
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If Nissan is thinking of bringing this one here, they better drop the plan or improve it significantly.

This to me looks like a Micra in different clothing. The Interiors are identical to the Micra, right from seats, dashboard, audio system, center console etc.

The 1.5 Diesel is efficient but it lacks punch. Petrol is smooth but doesn't feel energetic. Only saving grace is the CVT gearbox which is smooth and efficient.

Instead of this, Nissan can bring in its Qashqai SUV which will surely do well. If they indeed want a Hatchback, why not the Nissan Pulsar ? Which is so much good. But, it's length of 4.3m might be hampering Nissan to bring it here maybe.
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