Nissan will have an electric car without recharging at the store

Nissan will have an electric car without recharging at the store


The Japanese automaker has announced that it will bring a pioneering electrification system to South America.

The Japanese automaker has announced that it will bring a pioneering electrification system to South America. (Photo: Advertising)

BRAZIL – Nissan wants to take a big step towards mass electrification. The Japanese automaker has announced that it will bring a pioneering electrification system to South America. This is e-Power, which is designed as an electric vehicle system that does not need to be charged at a store.

It works like this: a small amount of gasoline provides energy to drive a generator, which charges the batteries that will drive the car’s electric motor.

In other words, the system, with a high level of efficiency, does not need to be recharged and works from internal combustion. Therefore, using flex technology is not a given, but still needs to be developed, according to Chris Reed, Regional VP of Research and Development for Nissan Americas.

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Nissan announced that e-Power technology will arrive in Latin America in 2023, without specifying the country or the vehicles.

For Brazil, one of the possibilities is to import Kicks e-Power from Thailand. Another concept would be for Nissan to develop e-Power and flex technology to start in its domestic production – which could be in the Kicks itself, or in a new mid-size SUV, still under wraps, which will make the Resende (RJ).

The Asian Nissan Kicks e-Power, similar to the one that will be launched this semester in Mexico, offers 136 hp in its electric motor and 28.5 kgfm of torque. Consumption is about 30 km / l. The current generation Brazil Kicks flex has a 1.6 liter engine with 114 hp, 15.5 kgfm and an average consumption of 12.5 km/l with petrol.

“The opportunity is great for Brazil. Ricardo Abe and I [gerente de engenharia da Nissan América do Sul] we will be in Japan next month and ethanol is an idea we want to address to sell e-Power in Brazil,” said Reed.

Platform 99 wants to have 10,000 electric cars within 3 years

Travel apps have revolutionized the way Brazil travels. 99, which started with taxis, has completed just one decade. It is part of the international company Didi Chuxing and has expanded its business into payment and delivery.

The first Brazilian buffalo with 10 years of work in the country, takes another step and pledges to contribute to sustainable migration.

For this year, the goal is to have at least 300 electric cars running on the platform. In partnership with Movida and Banco BV, partner drivers will have up to 50% discount on electric vehicle rentals. An available model is the Nissan Leaf. Another step is a subsidy of R$ 1 thousand for drivers who follow this plan, called Aliança pela Mobilidade Sustentável (Sustainable Mobility Alliance).

In addition to the leasing company and the bank, other companies join the partnership: BYD, Ipiranga, Raízen, Tupinambá Energia, Unidas, Zletric and Caoa Chery. 99 announced the purchase of two Arizzo 5e models to test in its fleet.

According to Thiago Hipólito, the innovation director of 99, the higher rent would be paid by the fuel savings and other lower costs of the electric car. While the entry-level model costs R$2,000 per driver, an electric car like the Leaf costs R$4,000. “With an 80% reduction in his operating costs, he saves 25%”, says Hipólito.

The goal of 99 is to reduce carbon emissions in the program by 2030. Before that, by 2025, the startup aims to reach 10,000 electric vehicles in circulation and contribute to the increase of 10,000 public charging stations by 2025 – today it is about 1,500 marks.

Cooperation with BYD

The 100% electric model made to order by BYD, the Chinese automaker with which Didi signed a joint venture, is part of fleet 99 and is being tested in São Paulo. The D1 has a sliding door, plenty of rear seat space and a flat floor.

With a range of 370 km, the car optimizes efficiency over performance. Charging the battery takes 10 to 12 hours.

The idea is to have more D1 units operating in Brazil in 99 ships later this year, without specifying the number.

*Lucia Camargo Nunes is an economist and journalist specializing in the automotive industry, editor of the website www.viadigital.com.br. Email: lucia@viadigital.com.br

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