Along with the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system, Nissan have also committed themselves to a range extender series e-Power, which is going to be a plug-in hybrid for a vehicle that hasn’t been given a name yet. However it is looking as though it could be 2017 Nissan Leaf.
e-Power offers basically the same powertrain that is behind the Chevrolet Volt and we may see this arrive on the new 2017 Nissan Leaf. On saying this it is possible that the features may not be for the Leaf at all.
Many fans of the Nissan Leaf don’t like the idea of the vehicle being associated with powertrains that are gas-driven, apart from competition to the Volt and the Toyota Prius Prime, when it arrives.
Nissan is being cagey about the upcoming 2017 Nissan Leaf and more so as the competitors have been flexing EV muscle, while on the zero emissions side it is the Tesla Model 3 that has hogged the spotlight.
BMW has also been keeping quiet about their efforts as the hatch, which is all-electric, reaches close to 200 miles and this is with the addition of the range extender. The 2017 Nissan Leaf is going to give up 200 miles just on electric power alone.
The plug-in on e-Power might offer 400 miles and this could make a huge difference for Nissan and whether or not they are going to have the name of the 2017 Nissan Leaf or if they give it another nameplate.