Continued from New Nissan 'Note' Comes With Series Hybrid System (1)

The fuel efficiency of the "e-Power S," a low-priced model with a light weight, is 37.2km/L (approx 87.5mpg, under the JC08 test mode), which is slightly higher than the fuel economy of Toyota Motor Corp's "Aqua" compact hybrid car (HEV) (37.0km/L). The Aqua is a major competitor of the Note. The fuel efficiencies of the "e-Power X" and "e-Power Medalist," which are a production model and a high-grade model, respectively, are 34.0km/L.

Because the e-Power drives a vehicle by using only the driving force generated by the motor, it realizes a quicker response (at the time of starting moving a car) and a stronger acceleration, compared with engine-driven vehicles, Nissan said.

The e-Power models of the Note are equipped with a driving motor with a maximum output of 80kW, and their starting and intermediate acceleration performances are higher than those of cars equipped with a 2.0L turbo engine, according to Nissan. The time it takes to start up the engine is half that of conventional HEVs, lowering noise, the company said.

As a function that can be realized only for motor-driven vehicles, Nissan added the "e-Power Drive" driving mode. It increases the decelerating force of the regenerative brake so the the force becomes about three times larger than that of the engine brake. As a result, it became easy to accelerate/decelerate just by operating the accelerator pedal.

The price (including tax) of the e-Power S is ¥1,772,280, which is about ¥380,000 higher than the price of the "S," a gasoline-powered lowest-price model (¥1,393,200). The prices of the e-Power X and e-Power Medalist are ¥1,959,120 and ¥2,244,240, respectively.

All of the models measure 4,100 (L) x 1,695 (W) x 1,520mm (H). The masses of the e-Power S, e-Power X and e-Power Medalist are 1,170kg, 1,210kg and 1,220kg, respectively. The fuel tank capacity of the e-Power S is 35L while those of the e-Power X and e-Power Medalist are 41L.