Any Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Mechanic Will Want to Know About the 2021 Nissan Note's e-Power Technology
The Nissan Note has been around for a while, but the upgrade that this model got in 2016 serves as the inspiration for Nissan’s 2021 release. In 2016, the Note became available as a hybrid with the reveal of Nissan’s e-Power system. This popular e-Power system, responsible for a large increase in sales, especially in Japan, is getting a makeover in the 2021 Nissan Note. For a number of reasons, this new Note is already making waves in the auto community. Here’s what students should expect from Nissan’s latest model.
Pros With Hybrid and Electrical Mechanic Training Will Appreciate Nissan’s Electrification Goal
With the release of the Note, Nissan is sending a message to the auto community. The 2021 Note will only be sold as a hybrid vehicle, illustrating Nissan’s commitment to a zero-emission future while adhering to global clean-air regulations. The release of the Note without an exclusively gasoline-powered option is part of a larger campaign dedicated towards moving away from gasoline-powered vehicles and the internal combustion engine altogether. While this switch is interesting in its own right, a hybrid and electric vehicle mechanic might want to know just how this hybrid is powered. Keep reading for Note’s e-Power drivetrain specs.
The 2021 Nissan Note’s e-Power System Is Sure to Impress
While Nissan’s e-Power technology was already unveiled in 2016, the improvements that accompany its 2021 iteration are pretty stellar. The e-Power system is unique in that it uses an engine solely for the generation of electricity, with an electric motor to power the vehicle. Other hybrid manufacturers, such as Honda or Toyota, use both a combustion engine and an electric motor to generate power. The Note’s e-Power utilizes a 1.2 litre gasoline engine, which generates power for its lithium-ion battery and electric motor. When compared to the current gas-powered Note, the 2021 hybrid can go around 60% farther on a tank of gas. In addition to this e-Power model, Nissan has said that it will also offer a purely electric, all-wheel-drive option.
In 2021, the e-Power system has received upgrades, including an improved motor, greater horsepower and torque, greater acceleration, and more. The 2021 Note gets 207 lb-ft of electric motor torque, 10% more than previous versions, and 114 horsepower, an increase in output of 6%. Additionally, those with hybrid and electrical mechanic training will find that the Note’s acceleration capabilities are part of what makes this e-Power technology so special. E-Power technology permits quieter, more linear acceleration that feels more like that of an electric vehicle, yet without being held back by battery charge.
The Note’s Design Is Both Lightweight and Modern
In addition to superb powertrain specs for a hybrid, the 2021 Nissan Note also features a design that is both smaller and weighs less. In an age when buyers are opting for crossovers and SUVs in North America, this lightweight hatchback is a breath of fresh air. While questions linger over whether drivers will love the Note in North America, Nissan is confident this model will do well in Japan, as it’s already extremely popular. Although its size is small, the cabin is surprisingly roomy, with pleasant “Zero-Gravity” seats and plenty of legroom. Setting an impressive standard for hybrid models to come, the 2021 Nissan Note will be a hybrid to watch out for.
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