I would be interested to hear your comments on what you see as the advantages and disadvantages of the Nissan Note e-Power Hybrid vehicle.
This hybrid vehicle is unlike the “usual” hybrid EV in that there is no plug-in charging, and the 40 litre petrol engine is used solely as a generator to charge up a small 1.5 kWh battery. This battery pack is only about one-twentieth (1/20th) the size of the battery in the Nissan Leaf.
The main thing I like about the Note e-Power is that it does all its driving using its small electric motor so it’s a good alternative for people who want to experience driving a vehicle using solely an electric motor without having to go through the “range anxiety” associated with a short-range pure electric EV.
The Note e-Power petrol motor is similar in principle to the petrol range extender motor used in the BMW i3, but the i3 petrol motor has a capacity of only 9 litres of petrol and it charges up the battery to give an extra travelling distance of only about 120km on top of its pure electric range of about 190km (for the 2017 94aH battery model). However, the Note e-Power, with its 40 litre petrol capacity has an overall range of at least 650km – 800km (and possibly greater depending on how it’s driven).
The Note e-Power is now being sold in New Zealand as a second-hand import in the $25,000 - $30,000 range, so it’s quite a good alternative to several other second-hand EVs currently on sale here.
I have had a look through the specifications but couldn’t see any reference to the Note e-Power having “cruise control”, but it may not be necessary in a car that is primarily intended to be an “around-town” vehicle. It’s a very compact car and it has a length of 4100 mm and a width of 1695mm.