Thought of the Day: Should We Praise or Criticize the Nissan Note e-Power?

Today, following on the heels of the unveiling of Nissan’s Note e-Power serial hybrid, we’re asking if we should be praising Nissan for bringing a fuel-efficient gasoline hybrid to market or criticizing it for not making the Note e-Power a fully-electric car?

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  • CDspeed

    The criticism comes from the anticipation for something new in electric cars from Nissan. And you have to admit, hybrids still, in all this time haven’t amounted to much. Are they part of the transition, it isn’t hard to skip hybrids altogether, and most people buy them for their fuel efficiency. Hybrids are gas sippers, and don’t seem to be associated with pure electric cars. Most of the people I’ve met, myself included who own electric cars, went straight from gas to electric anyway. Hybrids haven’t replaced ordinary ICE, and as time goes on it’s getting easier to just go electric. It would be interesting to survey Model 3 reservation holders, and people interested in the Bolt EV to find out how many are driving a hybrid right now.

  • Martin Lacey

    NEDC? The Note has been withdrawn from Europe, so I doubt the e-Note will make it over here, so I’m guessing it’s a cafe/carb compliance move.

    As for Leaf 2 – I am expecting two new EV’s (or 1 new EV and autonomous tech) from Nissan in the new year. For those who don’t know Carlos Ghosn is the keynote speaker at CES 2017.

  • Albemarle

    Hybrids, even plug-in hybrids are not EVs. They are extended efficiency internal combustion vehicles, designed to woo a car buyer into something that will save them money on fuel. They just don’t hit any hot buttons for EV enthusiasts. That’s why non-plugin hybrids are more popular. It’s an easy move for a regular car driver. Buy this and get better fuel economy. No need to have an electrician. No need to spend 15 minutes doing calculations before leaving the house. Just drive it like all your previous cars. I bet the majority of plug-in hybrids (not Volts) are almost never plugged in. Gas is cheap, electricians aren’t.

    So two very different markets. Are they a gateway to EVs? I doubt it. They are a fuel saving, CARB compliant answer. Not an EV.

  • Ken Bolinsky

    This powertrain is nothing new – it’s the same technology as that of the diesel-electric locomotives first introduced in the 1930’s. From what I can gather, a diesel engine running at a constant speed is the most fuel-efficient type of ICE which allows such trains to garner extraordinarily high MPG ratings. The batteries in the Note e-Power are small because they serve as a buffer between the generator and the motor: If the vehicle requires additional torque to make it up a steep grade at speed, the motor won’t pull energy directly from the generator. The various Nissan postings and videos suggest that the generator speed is software-controlled. So will it work? Yes. Will it have good mpg/kpl ratings? Probably. Is it a necessary developmental step toward an EV future? Nah, prolly not. Could it lead to an ultra-long-range PHEV Leaf/Volt competitor? Maybe…