Japanese automaker Nissan is actively looking to strengthen its presence in India with new products, and the company is also very interested in launching its electric models in the country. Nissan is contemplating to launch the Leaf EV and the Note hybrid in the Indian car market. The Nissan Note e-Power hybrid has come up in news quite a few times, as Nissan has mentioned time and again that it thinks that the Note is a suitable product for India and it is keen on bringing it here. Now, it has come into light that Nissan is actually considering making the Note hybrid locally in India.
While speaking on this development, Thomas Kuehl, the president of Nissan India said that Nissan is seriously considering manufacturing the Nissan Note in India. He said that no one is aware of the fact that Nissan is trying to make the Note in India too, the company wants to localize it.
Localizing the Nissan Note will definitely be beneficial, as it will then be priced much more affordably. Nevertheless, Nissan’s wish of gaining high level of localization for the Note might be tough, as the Indian market is still in the nascent stage when it comes to electrified vehicle related technology and component manufacturers.
Moreover, the Indian government providing concessions for only the pure electric vehicles and not all electrified models. In that case, the Nissan Note e-Power isn’t going to get any subsidy to help it come with a competitive price tag. However, earlier it was reported that Nissan is working with the government to classify the Note e-Power as an all-electric car, as all its power comes from the electric motor only. At present, electric vehicles attract a GST of 12 percent as against the 28 percent tax for the conventional vehicles.
Kuehl added by saying that the Note is a success in Japan, and the company obviously wants to launch it here. Nissan has been test driving it in India, and everyone that drives it, exclaims – “wow.” Kuehl expressed confidence by saying that the company will definitely work on something as more than 7,000 engineers are working in the Renault-Nissan alliance in India, while the upcoming tech hub in Trivandrum will also help.
The Nissan Note e-Power is a unique hybrid with a range extender. It has a 1.2L petrol mill which only charges the car’s battery pack, which in turn powers the car’s electric motor offering 108 hp. The electric motor solely drives the car, and hence it runs essentially on electricity, but requires petrol to charge the battery and plug-in and charge is not required. Nissan thinks that the Note e-Power is an idea hybrid-EV for India, as the country lacks charging network for EVs.
As per Nissan, the Note e-Power offers a range of 37km for every litre of petrol. The Note e-Power has the dimensions of a large premium hatchback and it is 4,100 mm long, meaning it is not a sub-4 metre car.
Apart from considering the launch of the Note e-Power and Leaf EV in India, Nissan is also likely to launch the Kicks SUV in the Indian market in early 2019.