2016 to Current Nissan Note e-Power hybrid electric Import Information for Australia
Plus Model Details and Specifications
The January 2016 to current model Nissan Note e-Power hybrid electric (HE12) is available for import to Australia.
Six model variants are available – 4WD, Autech, C-Gear, Medalist, X and the sporty NISMO version featured above.
The Nissan Note e-Power comes in a range of 13 colours.
Features include radar cruise control.
The e-Power petrol-electric hybrid technology is Nissan’s transition stage towards fully electric vehicles (EV’s).
Putting the impressive tech (adapted from the Nissan Leaf) aside, the Nissan Note e-Power gets AMAZING fuel economy thanks to its flexible hybrid powertrain. This uses a 40kW battery electric motor coupled with a 1.2L, 3 cylinder engine fed by a decent-sized 47L fuel tank.
The Note e-Power is an EV that eliminates “range anxiety” as it has a real world theoretical range of around 1,300 km or 3.61 L / 100 km. Although the official fuel consumption figure (JC08) is just 2.9L / 100 km.
The petrol-electric hybrid system has no plug for recharging, and offers electric car performance and exceptional fuel economy without compromising long-distance driving.
The lack of a large battery also reduces the overall price.
So what about performance ? Not too bad at all, 0 to 100 km/h in around 8 seconds for the standard model:
Nissan claims the Note e-Power NISMO S has 25 per cent more power and torque (100kW and 320Nm) than the standard Note e-Power.
The faster NISMO S has a revised inverter, new vehicle control module and increased electrical output.
The same e-Power system is also used in the Nissan Serena people mover in Japan, which is another model recently eligible for import to Australia and destined to become very popular.
The e-Power system is classified as a “series hybrid” as it pairs the 40kW electric motor with a small 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine acting as a generator for the 1.5kW battery.
Compared to a conventional “parallel hybrid” which uses the engine to drive the wheels, the e-Power’s engine only charges the battery while the wheels are always electrically driven.
So the Nissan Note e-Power is silent on start-up and like any EV, initial acceleration is instant thanks to the electric propulsion system.
At moderate throttle input, e-Power draws charge from the battery, but the engine-generator kicks in with an obvious drone when needed to charge up the battery.
The small three-cylinder engine runs at constant rpm, so only produces a low background engine noise.
The Note e-Power features the same one pedal “e-pedal” technology as the Nissan Leaf. There’s instant torque available from the electric motor and its regenerative braking is easy to master.
Steering feel is also light, making the Note e-Power an ideal city car which is zippy and effortless to drive.
In daily use there’s plenty of space inside, with lots of head and legroom in the second row and a surprisingly large boot for a small car.
The rear view mirror is actually a screen connected to a rear camera so it will always provide an unobstructed view.
The gear shift uses a round knob just like the Nissan Leaf that toggles between forward and reverse gears, much like a Toyota Prius.
The driver’s displays for the e-Power model use a familiar layout based on its conventionally powered counterparts offered with 1.2-litre petrol and supercharged petrol powertrains.
The potential for long range driving together with excellent fuel efficiency should make this a very popular import for Australia in coming years.
Prices constantly change depend on year, spec and km – please contact us for a current quote.
Note that when using our Auctions page to browse past and future Nissan Note e-Power’s you will need to refine the search results using HE12 as the chassis code for the e-Power model. The standard Nissan Note has E12 chassis code.
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