Nissan announces big step towards mass electrification

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Nissan will soon bring to Brazil a pioneering electrification system. This is the e-Power, which innovates by being an electric vehicle system that does not need to be recharged at the outlet.

It works like this: a small volume of gasoline supplies energy to drive a generator, which in turn charges the batteries that will drive the vehicle’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 ruled out, but it still needs to be developed, according to Chris Reed, Regional Senior VP of Research and Development Nissan Americas.

Nissan Kicks e-Power (publicity photo)

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Nissan announced that the e-Power technology will arrive in South America in 2023, without detailing countries or vehicles.

For Brazil, one of the possibilities is to import the Kicks e-Power from Thailand. Another assumption would be for Nissan to develop the e-Power with flex technology to debut in its domestic production – which could be in Kicks itself, or in a new medium SUV, still under secrecy, which it will manufacture in Resende (RJ).

The Asian Nissan Kicks e-Power, the same that will be launched this semester in Mexico, yields 136 hp in its electric motor and 28.5 kgfm of torque. Consumption is around 30 km/l. The current Brazilian Kicks flex has a 1.6-liter engine with 114 hp, 15.5 kgfm and an average consumption of 12.5 km/l with gasoline.

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

Platform 99 wants to have 10,000 electric vehicles running in up to 3 years

Thiago Hipolito (photo publicity 99)
Thiago Hipolito (photo publicity 99)

Transport apps have promoted a revolution in the way of getting around in Brazil. 99, which started with taxis, has just completed a decade. It is part of the global company Didi Chuxing and has expanded its business into payments and deliveries.

The first Brazilian unicorn, with 10 years of operation in the country, takes another step with commitments to contribute to sustainable mobility.

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

In addition to the rental company and 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 run in tests in its fleet.

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

99’s goal is to zero carbon emissions in the app by 2030. Before that, by 2025, the startup aims to reach 10,000 electric vehicles in circulation and contribute to the increase to 10,000 public charging stations by 2025 – today they are about 1,500 points.

BYD D1 (photo publicity 99)
BYD D1 (photo publicity 99)

Partnership with BYD

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

With a range of 370 km, the car privileges efficiency over performance. Battery charging takes 10 to 12 hours.

The idea is to have more D1 units running in Brazil in the 99 fleet later this year, without detailing the quantity.

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