Nissan’s advanced e-POWER technology has been confirmed for Australia, with the innovative hybrid technology to arrive here in 2022. It will initially be offered in the Qashqai, with other models coming not long afterwards.

The e-POWER technology sees the driving wheels powered exclusively by an electric motor. The petrol engine is used only to charge the vehicle’s battery when necessary, allowing for a true EV drive experience, and lower fuel use and emissions.

Should they choose to do so Nissan’s e-Pedal lets the driver accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.

“We call e-POWER a best-of-both-worlds solution, offering a driver the key benefits of an EV drive experience without ever having to plug in,” says Nissan Australia Managing Director Adam Paterson.

“While a traditional hybrid adds battery power to an internal-combustion engine, e-POWER delivers an EV-like driving experience, including exhilarating acceleration and near-silent operation, all while drastically reducing your fuel use and emissions.

“We are looking forward to our customers experiencing this future-facing technology for themselves.

“Second-generation e-POWER technology now pairs the linear, effortless acceleration and refined performance of an electric motor that’s of similar size and power output as found in Nissan’s electric vehicles with an upgraded three-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbocharged engine used to charge the lithium-ion battery.

“The instant response delivers a high-torque feel and exhilarating acceleration, all while lowering fuel use and emissions by only using the petrol engine when at its most efficient.”

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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