MANILA, Philippines – Having perfected its electric vehicle (EV) technology over the ten-plus years since the launch of the Nissan LEAF—the world’s first mass market EV, Nissan is set to introduce a new way of driving with the launch of e-POWER technology in the Philippines.
e-POWER is a 100% electric motor-driven system that provides a powerful and smooth drive because the wheels are completely powered by the electric motor. The electricity for propulsion is generated by a highly efficient gasoline engine that operates primarily to charge the high-performance lithium-ion battery pack.
This means that e-POWER delivers an EV-like drive that is powerful, smooth, and quiet without the need for external charging, thereby also serving as a gateway to full EV ownership.
The e-POWER system is also proof of Nissan’s innovation and pioneering spirit in the field of electrification. In developing the powertrain, the Japanese automotive manufacturer revolutionized the existing technology by further reducing the weight of the components, developing more responsive motor control methods, and optimizing overall energy management.
On the road with e-POWER
e-POWER greatly improves the daily drive, whether it’s in the city, on the highway, or even on quiet rides in the neighborhood.
The system provides excellent fuel efficiency due to the fact that the gasoline engine is set to run at an optimal speed and only operates when needed to charge the battery. This means less visits to the gas station, allowing motorists more time to enjoy the drive.
Nissan’s e-POWER delivers powerful and smooth acceleration, with the system able to deliver massive torque almost instantly and enhancing drive response. Acceleration is also smoother thanks to precise electric motor control at 1/10,000 per second. This translates to a more exciting and thrilling driving experience.
The technology also gives a new level of control, a feature best appreciated on busy streets. With the e-Pedal Step feature, motorists can accelerate and decelerate down to a crawl using only the accelerator pedal. They only need to push down to speed up and ease off to slow down. This feature makes driving in both stop-and-go traffic and speeding through highways more convenient. The e-Pedal Step also has regenerative braking which generates electricity even with slight deceleration, reducing the operation time of the engine making it more fuel efficient.
Daily drives aren’t always adventures and many times involve quiet trips in the neighborhood and in smaller communities. Because it’s powered by a battery pack, the e-POWER system is quieter than a traditional gasoline-powered car. The system also monitors the wheels to assess road roughness, activating the on-board engine when road noise increases to charge the battery without disrupting the cabin.
Motorists can also choose between three driving modes with e-POWER: Sport Mode (S mode) prioritizes the motorist’s individual driving style while taking advantage of regenerative braking. ECO mode conserves battery by balancing acceleration smoothness and regenerative braking. Lastly, Standard mode highlights acceleration with modest regenerative braking.
Nissan’s e-POWER technology combines the efficiency of the Japanese car maker’s gasoline engines and the driving dynamics of an electric vehicle like the LEAF. By introducing this revolutionary technology to the Philippines, Nissan is moving towards its vision of bringing the future of mobility closer and making it more accessible to Filipinos.