According to Nikkei Asian Review, Nissan will introduce a range-extended EV version of the Note in Japan later this year.
Range-extended electric vehicles rely on ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) only to recharge the battery, the ICE doesn’t power the wheels. This means that this kind of vehicles have bigger batteries and more EV range than most hybrids vehicles, even plug-in hybrids. The ICE used in this range-extended Note should have an efficiency around 40 %, a good figure when compared to most ICE.
Regarding the price, it should be close to 2 million yens, which at the current exchange rate corresponds to 17.544 €. It won’t be far from the gas version.
Not only Nissan, but also Renault will probably sell its own range-extended electric vehicle, the Renault Eolab. We might have more news about it in the upcoming Paris Motor Show.
With Renault selling the Zoe and the Eolab it could easily be the plug-in sales leader in Europe. Both cars look great for the European market. For costs reduction, Renault could also use the Eolab body to make the second generation Zoe (R400). Similar to what BMW does now with the i3 by offering it in BEV and REx variants.
The range-extended electric vehicles from Renault-Nissan Alliance could also be more affordable alternatives to longer range BEVs like the Chevrolet Bolt/Opel Ampera-e.
Renault Eolab BEV and REx sound great to me, bring it already!
Back to Nissan…
I would rather see BEV and REx variants of the Nissan Sway Concept instead of the Note. The Nissan Sway has the cool factor that lacks in both Leaf and Note.
What do you think?