The Nissan Qashqai e-Power is for those who want an ‘electric’ car but can’t connect it to a charging point. It is powered by a 190 hp (140 kW) electric motor, but the energy, which is connected via a battery with a useful capacity of 1.5 kWh, is constantly renewed for the 156 hp 1.5-litre gasoline engine. This configuration identifies it as a hybrid, so we’ll have the ECO badge on the windshield, but we have the advantages of driving electric without having to plug it in.
We recently had the opportunity to test it out for the first time, which helped us better understand how it works. I especially liked its acceleration and the silence of its movement, the combustion is barely noticeable. Its driving on the road is pleasant, an improvement over the Nissan Qashqai mild hybrid itself.
The response of the accelerator pedal is a pleasure and its maneuverability is improved, thanks to the application of this technology, its best asset against the potential buyer. You can make use of features such as the e-pedal, which will allow you to drive with the right foot, acting as regenerative braking when you lift the accelerator. Of course, without a complete stop of the vehicle to maintain attention on the driver.
You can also force electric driving, as in other hybrids, but only for an average of 2 to 3 kilometers due to the lower useful capacity of the battery. For example, this is the solution when arriving home or driving around school or hospital. Also, and knowing that this is the most important part of the daily commute, the Nissan Qashqai E-Power has an accepted hybrid consumption of 5.3 L/100 km. While it is true that driving around Stockholm, under the pressure of fines payable to the Spaniards, significantly reduces you speed, with kilometers in the city the cost during our interurban route was 4.9 l/100km. I assure you that I am not a person who stands out for his efficient driving, but even on highway sections, the consumption did not exceed an average of 6 liters / 100 km.
This figure will place it among the most sought after model, even above the existing mild hybrid model. We are talking about gasoline versions with 140 and 158 hp that have the same badge but indicate a consumption of between 6.3 and 7 liters per hundred, depending on the equipment chosen.
When asked whether I would recommend the E-Power Edition, one of the aspects to keep in mind is the price. If I can afford the cost, or can get the Flex 4D plan with 300 euros per month and 5,545 euros tickets, I would opt for Qashqai E-Power.
The first version available is the N-Connecta, with a starting price of €39,850. This does not include the optical group with Matrix LED technology, which will be acquired by purchasing the Tech Pack for 1,200 euros and which includes the head up display. What comes as standard is a 12.3-inch instrumentation screen with infotainment center. In Tecna finish, both elements come as standard, in addition to ProPILOT technology, with a starting price of 42,450 euros.