Nissan to offer electric drive for all new cars in Japan

Nikkei Asian Review »

Nissan Motor will sell electric-drive versions of all new and redesigned models to hit the Japanese market starting in fiscal 2020 as it shifts further away from gasoline power under tighter emissions rules, Nikkei has learned.

The automaker will roll out an electric sport utility vehicle as early as the second half of 2020 and an electric version of its mainstay Dayz minicar in 2021.

Nissan will also offer hybrid versions of the Kicks SUV, which comes to Japan this summer, and of the Note subcompact. The X-Trail SUV will also be offered as a hybrid when redesigned next year. These hybrids will use the company’s proprietary e-Power system.

A quarter of Nissan’s new-vehicle sales in Japan in fiscal 2018 consisted of the Leaf electric car or e-Power hybrids. It aims to expand this share to 50% in fiscal 2022. […]

The Norwegian Automobile Federation conducted a winter test of 20 EVs and concluded they have a range loss of close to 20 percent in winter conditions and charge slower

Norwegian Automobile Federation »

The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) has tested the range and charge time of popular electric vehicles in winter conditions. 20 vehicles were driven until they stopped completely and shut down, to measure their real world range.

  • EVs don’t suddenly shut down when they run out of power. Drivers are given several warnings and can maintain regular speed until the very last miles.
  • EVs on average lose 20 percent of their range in colder climate.
  • EVs charge more slowly in cold temperatures.

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NAF collected 20 of the best-selling electric car models you can buy from Norwegian dealerships as of January 2020.

The test focused on range, consumption and charging time. To test all the cars equally, the test drive was performed without preheating of neither cabin nor battery. All cars drove the same route on the same day, with similar style of driving, and climate control settings.

The test route consisted of city driving, highways and country roads in speeds from 60 kmh (37 mph) to 110 kmh (68 mph). All the cars had one climb through a mountain pass. The longest running cars climbed two mountain passes.

Cars tested »

See the full results of the test at the NAF site, including test results for each individual car.


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Gustavo Henrique Ruffo at InsideEVs provides his views »

The tests started in Oslo and ended in Hafjell, which is normally a 200 km (124 mi) journey, but the evaluation extended that route to 482 km (300 mi) to cope with the cars with more range. They went through city and highway driving and at least a mountain pass. Speeds ranged from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph). The idea was to run the EVs until the battery was completely discharged.

NAF also performed a charging test from around 10 percent to a minimum of 80 percent of charge. It was conducted at -2ºC (28.4ºF), and all cars were driving for at least two hours to ensure their batteries were warm.

The first thing the association discovered was that the tested EVs present around 18.5 percent less range than their manufacturers state on WLTP. The worst one was in this was the Opel Ampera-e, a car that you are more used to calling Chevy Bolt. With a WLTP range of 423 km, it managed to run only 296.9 km, or 29.81 percent less.  […]

Nissan appoints Tommaso Volpe as its new global motorsports director

Tommaso Volpe

Tommaso Volpe

Nissan News Release »

Tommaso Volpe, currently director of global motorsports and performance projects at INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., has been appointed Nissan global motorsports director effective April 1.

Volpe will oversee Nissan’s Formula E, Super GT, Prototype and global GT3 racing activities. He succeeds Michael Carcamo, who has led Nissan’s motorsports program since 2015, including its Formula E debut in 2018.

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“Nissan and NISMO will continue to compete this year with Formula E and the new Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 as the two main pillars of our works and customer racing programs. And of course, INFINITI will again pursue its global activation program.”

Pierre Loing, Nissan’s division general manager of global product marketing and motorsports, said: “Michael has been instrumental in developing the Formula E program for Nissan, and we thank him for his drive and dedication, as well as helping promote Nissan’s leadership in electric vehicles.

“Tommaso brings a wealth of motorsports and marketing experience to this role.”

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The 10 cars you are most likely to trade in within a year of purchase (and the 10 you are most likely to keep the longest)

More Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are purchased and sold or traded-in during the first year than any other model.

Paul A. Eisenstein, writing in The Detroit Bureau »

Some cars look great – until you actually buy them, and then, suddenly, you discover any number of reasons why you want to trade them in in a hurry.

For a variety of reasons, about 3% of the vehicles American motorists buy new will be sold or traded in during their first year of ownership. But a new study by iSeeCars found that the figure runs substantially higher for some products.

The top 10 cars you are likely to trade-in or sell the soonest included eight German and British luxury cars, two Nissans, but no traditional American brands »

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  2. BMW 3-Series
  3. Land Rover Discovery Sport
  4. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  5. Mini Clubman
  6. BMW X1
  7. BMW X3
  8. Nissan Versa Note
  9. Jaguar XF
  10. Nissan Versa

Here are the 10 cars you are most likely to keep the longest »

  1. Toyota Land Cruiser
  2. Chevrolet Corvette
  3. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  4. Audi TT
  5. Ford Expedition
  6. Ford Mustang
  7. Toyota 4Runner
  8. Porsche 911
  9. Toyota Sequoia
  10. Toyota Avalon