Nissan Rogue Sport’s Qashqai twin gets E-Power tech

A redesigned Nissan Rogue Sport is headed to US showrooms shortly, however the brand new technology of the favored compact crossover has already been on sale abroad for the previous yr, the place it is called a Qashqai.

On Monday, we realized that the Qashqai will probably be obtainable from late summer time with Nissan’s E-Energy expertise, designed to provide the punchy driving attribute and quiet operating of an electrical automobile together with the comfort of filling up at a gasoline station.

E-Energy is Nissan’s title for extended-range EVs (or sequence hybrid automobiles), just like the Karma Revero and BMW i3 REx. These are EVs the place the battery is charged on the go through a mixture of power regeneration and a small internal-combustion engine serving purely as a generator, a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 within the case of the Qashqai E-Energy.

In E-Energy automobiles, electrical energy generated by the engine can be utilized to straight energy the electrical drive system throughout excessive masses. Moreover, E-Energy automobiles have a a lot smaller battery than most extended-range EVs, and consequently they do not have a plug for charging. As an alternative, you solely replenish at a gasoline station like a standard automotive. The small battery additionally makes the system extra inexpensive.

The profit is that you simply get the effectivity and driving really feel of an EV, however with out the vary anxiousness. And because the engine operates solely as a generator, more often than not it’ll function at an rpm stage optimized for effectivity and smoothness.

Within the Qashqai E-Energy, there is a single electrical motor up entrance, rated at 188 hp. The engine, which is rated at a peak 156 hp and likewise options Nissan’s variable compression expertise, transmits the electrical energy it generates through an inverter to the battery, electrical motor or each, in accordance with the driving situations.

Nissan has additionally developed a characteristic for E-Energy automobiles referred to as Linear Tune, which progressively will increase the pace of the engine to satisfy the electrical motor’s power calls for because the automobile accelerates, guaranteeing there is not any sense of disconnect between the efficiency of the automobile and sound that You’re feeling within the cabin, which will be the case in lots of hybrids the place the engine pace instantly rises however isn’t commensurate with a rise in street pace.

Nissan is but to say whether or not the redesigned Rogue Sport headed to the US may even be provided with an E-Energy.

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