India is targeting 2030 to move to all-electric vehicle sales, and carmakers are looking at several options for the Indian market. Japanese carmaker Nissan is evaluating the Note e-Power hatchback for India. But why the Nissan Note e-Power for India?
Nissan feels that the Note e-Power, an electrically driven hatchback which is charged by a small 1,198cc petrol engine and not by a fixed charging socket, is a better option for the Indian buyers.
As reported by Autocar India, Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president, Global Marketing and Sales, Nissan Motor Co said, "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,"
The Nissan Note e-Power was launched in Japan in 2016 and is the first range-extended vehicle. The hatchback can run on petrol engine without having to charge the battery via charging station. With the electric charging station network yet to be established, the Nissan Note e-Power range extender is a viable option.
The Nissan Note e-Power has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the first half of 2017, and it accounts for more than 70 percent of sales for the carmaker. The demand for the Note e-Power in Japan has made Nissan evaluate the same success in India as well.
Schillaci also said that Nissan is looking forward to launching 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 regarding strategy, the Note e-Power and the Leaf are the two things we are studying," Schillaci added.
The Nissan Note e-Power is a good start for the Indian market as the charging station network is yet to equal the number of fuel stations through out the country. This will also help long journeys as it does not require a charging station to charge its batteries.