Nissan Qashqai: e-Power, the innovative "petrol" electric crossover can be ordered

The Nissan Qashqai e-Power crossover can be ordered in Italy, equipped with a sophisticated propulsion system, in which an electric motor is connected to the traction while the petrol engine generates electricity.

Lorenzo Pastuglia


Here it is, the new Qashqai e-Power. Nissan’s hybrid crossover can be ordered in Italy, supplied with an electrification system that is unique on the market. For a completely new technology, consisting of an electric motor that moves the wheels of the car, together with a thermal one that produces electricity. For a car that can travel over 1,000km on a single tank of petrol. In Italy, the newcomer will be available in five versions – Acenta, Business, N-Connecta, Tekna and Tekna + – whose respective prices are: 36,270, 36,800, 39,230, 41,720 and 45,020 euros. It is already available to order at Nissan dealerships, with first deliveries expected in October.

the electric without plug

According to Nissan, e-Power technology is a real alternative to diesel and a transition resource to full electric mobility. A system where the 190 HP electric motor is the only one that moves the wheels of the car and guarantees the driving pleasure of an EV with a torque of 330 Nm immediately available. The electricity required for traction is produced on board the car by the 1.5-liter, 158 HP three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, capable of guaranteeing efficiency and performance thanks to the innovative technology with variable compression ratio. The system does not provide for plug-in recharging, precisely because to fill up with electricity, just fill the tank with petrol.

how nissan e-power technology works

The energy produced by the heat engine goes to the inverter which transmits it to the battery, to the electric motor or to both. In no case is the thermal power transmitted directly to the wheels, because there is a control unit that regulates everything and optimizes the energy flows based on a series of parameters – the state of charge of the battery, the driving conditions and the demand for motive power – and maximizes the time the heat engine stays off. Traveling at low speed, the energy produced by the thermal engine goes partly to the electric one and partly to the battery. Then when the latter is fully charged, the heat engine switches off and the machine proceeds driven by the charge of the battery. In case of strong acceleration or traveling at high speed, however, the energy needed by the electric engine comes from both the thermal and the battery.

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