Nissan has launched in Ireland its all-new Qashqai e-Power, which it claims allows drivers to enjoy all the benefits of EV driving without ever having to plug in the car to recharge it.
Available now from €42,500, the new model’s e-Power system is comprised of a high-output battery that is complemented by a variable compression ratio 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine generating 156hp, a power generator, inverter and a 140kW electric motor of similar size and output as found in Nissan’s electric vehicles.
The unique element of Nissan’s e-Power system is that the petrol engine is solely used to charge a battery that powers an electric motor to drive the wheels. The electric motor is the sole source of power. This leads to superior fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions compared with a traditional internal combustion engine.
Nissan tells us that it also provides for a very responsive driving experience that is incredibly similar to driving a fully electric vehicle, without having to think about range or recharging the car.
There is no delay in the delivery of torque either, according to Nissan, and the pure electric motor delivers instant acceleration for a quieter, more responsive drive.
“The arrival of the new Qashqai e-Power presents a unique solution for drivers who are not quite ready to make the move to a fully electric vehicle, but who want a car that drives like an EV, that optimises fuel efficiency and that lowers C02 emissions.
“Nissan’s e-Power system offers the best of both worlds, delivering a responsive, efficient and quieter drive, without the need to recharge.
“It is a key component in Nissan’s drive towards electrification and our growing range of electric, hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles empower drivers to find the car that is right for them, wherever they sit on their journey towards 100 per cent electric driving,” Seamus Morgan, managing director of Nissan Ireland, said.
The Nissan Qashqai e-Power’s longer wheelbase has created more room for users and overall luggage capacity has increased by over 50 litres.
A powered hands-free tailgate makes accessing the boot effortless when your hands are anything but free.
Parents will also appreciate that the rear doors open to 90 degrees allowing easier access to babies and toddlers in child-seats.
The new model also offers an advanced infotainment system with a broad portfolio of connected devices including integration of smartphone, in-car Wi-Fi for up to seven devices and NissanConnect Services, a dedicated app with which to interact with and monitor the vehicle.
A new 10.8-inch HUD provides the biggest-in-segment image size, Nissan claims, while key navigation, driver assistance and road information are projected onto the windscreen within the driver’s line of vision.
‘Home-to-Car’ features are compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa devices.
For further information or to arrange a test drive call Marsh Nissan Athlone today on 090 6417400.