NISSAN has revealed a new hybrid powertrain called e-Power, which is likely to make its European debut in the latest Micra supermini. The new system uses electric motors to drive the wheels and a front-mounted petrol engine to charge the batteries. Nissan says the solution is suitable for more compact models, and that despite a smaller battery, its electric system operates in a similar fashion to the Leafs in the real world.
Images released by Nissan suggest that the Note will be the first car to use the technology, but because it’s set to be discontinued in Europe, e-Power is likely to appear here first in the new Micra. Fuel efficiency is said to be similar to “leading conventional hybrids”, which would indicate economy figures of around 70mpg to match the Toyota Prius.