Nissan was one of the very first brands to believe in electric vehicles. Indeed, in 2010, it ushered in the era of modern battery-powered zero-emission cars with the Leaf. Today, it continues to focus on this type of powertrain with the Ariya. But Nissan’s efforts are not focused only on pure electric. With the new Qashqai e-Power, the Japanese manufacturer present a whole new way of conceiving a hybrid propulsion system. Aesthetically, the e-Power version can be recognized from the others by a few details.
Externally, with the exception of the e-Power badges on the lower part of the front doors and on the tailgate, the grille changes, with the same glossy black finish used on all Nissan electrified models. Inside, the differences are more evident. The gear lever finds a new positioning on the central tunnel, while the renewed infotainment system stands out in the center of the dashboard. It is controlled by a 12.3-inch touchscreen with more modern and functional graphics, which greatly improves the user experience.
The most substantial changes, of course, are all under the skin. The e-power system, in fact, consists of a 158 HP three-cylinder 1.5 petrol engine that is not physically connected to the wheels, but acts as a generator to recharge the 1.8 kWh lithium-ion battery which at in turn it powers the 190 HP electric motor, which actually moves the car. This solution allows the petrol engine to always work at maximum efficiency, with beneficial effects on fuel consumption and emissions. We tested the system on the roads surrounding Stockholm. Under normal conditions, especially in city driving, the 1.5 generates energy when needed and turns off when the battery is sufficiently charged. When maximum power is required, the petrol and electric engines work together to ensure maximum performance. Overall, Nissan’s e-Power system works smoothly and also very silently. Prices start at € 36,270.