Nissan debuts electric SUV with an internal generator powered by a combustion engine


Nissan has taken the wraps off its latest electric SUV, the Qashqai E-Power. It is the first vehicle from the brand to get their new electric engine technology in Europe.

The E-Power technology uses an internal combustion engine (ICE) to act as a generator and provide energy which is stored in a high-output battery pack. In other driving scenarios, the electric energy from the generator can be taken directly to the motors, according to Nissan. However, the ICE engine does not directly power the wheels. The wheels are exclusively propelled by electric motors which means the car gets instant torque just like a standard pure battery electric vehicle (BEV). Additionally, the driver will get the advantage of engine sounds, effectively getting the best of both worlds.

Nissan has gone the extra mile to develop a special system called Linear Tune, it monitors the gasoline engine and progressively increases the rotation speed to meet the electric motor’s energy demands, in other words, if the car is moving faster (electric motors rotating faster) , the combustion engine sounds will grow louder (due to higher revolutions per second of the ICE engine).

The combustion engine is a 1.5 liter setup with 156 horsepower (hp) while the electric motor 190hp . The combined partnership of both engines have a consumption of 53.3mpg (22.6 km per litre) and have CO2 emissions from 119g/km.

The Qashqai e-power will also have partial one pedal driving which can reduce the speed of the car to a slow creep, not a full stop without the driver using the brake pedal.

There will be a high-spec model which will be loaded with a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports wireless Apple CarPlay, a 12.3-inch digital dashboard display and a 10.8-inch heads-up display.

The pricing for the Qashqai E-Power hasn’t been revealed, but for comparison the non E – Power versions of the SUV start at £23,535 ($30,877) for the base model to £32,335 ($42,422) for the top spec version.