Future Nissan Kicks e-Power Wants You To Charge Your EV With Fuel

The new derivative will be presented in Thailand on March 19.

What defines an electric vehicle is what makes it move. If it is an electric motor, it is an EV. They can be powered by batteries, but also by hydrogen in fuel cell electric vehicles, for example. The Chevrolet Volt would be an EV if the Voltec system did not also rely on the combustion engine to move the car. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ticks the same box. But can you call a car an EV without the option to plug it to a power outlet? In other words, charge it only with fuel? This is what Nissan will ask larger audiences with the Kicks e-Power, set to debut in Thailand on March 19.

Gallery: Nissan Kicks e-Power Wants You To Charge Your EV With Fuel

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We have no idea how Nissan or its customers treats its e-Power cars in Japan – our readers there can tell us more about it – but the fact is that Nissan’s e-Power will begin its global expansion with the Kicks, a car that has been successful ever since it was presented in Brazil back in July 2016. About to receive its first restyling, it will also get the e-Power technology.

If you are not aware of what the e-Power system is, the video above explains it in a lot of detail. It is almost the same idea Obrist Powertrain had for the Obrist Mark II with two main differences. 

The first is that Nissan is already selling its vehicles while Obrist has licensed the HyperHybrid technology to “at least one large automotive player, and a start of mass production could be achieved by 2023 or 2024.”