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Old 11-17-2017, 10:42 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'd like to point out that this is very similar to the Accord Hybrid drivetrain - a car which is rated for ~50mpg city. The major difference with the Accord is that it has a clutched single speed "gearbox" which can allow the engine to drive the wheels directly once you're above (I believe) 50-60mph.
To a certain extent it does surprise me that Nissan didn't follow this very same approach. Unless there is some intention to use that "extended-range electric vehicle" loophole to grant access to HOV lanes and other benefits.

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Old 11-17-2017, 10:44 PM   #22 (permalink)
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My guess is that it's to hit a pricepoint. The Nissan engine is probably very simple, and this is likely the least complicated and least expensive drivetrain of its kind.
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My guess is that it's to hit a pricepoint.
Possibly, since it seems to have been done mostly with off-the-shelf parts, including the Leaf's drivetrain. Nissan had been focusing on using a single powerplant for its entire EV range, and has tried it even in some small trucks.
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Possibly, since it seems to have been done mostly with off-the-shelf parts, including the Leaf's drivetrain. Nissan had been focusing on using a single powerplant for its entire EV range, and has tried it even in some small trucks.
Nissan knows how to make a car that meets a price, AKA cheap.

Few manufacturers can do this.

My guess is they want to replace their poor CVT xmsn with something of equal cost that is more reliable

Even though the car would be much more efficient on the highway they won’t add the weight and cost to have direct drive.

If their running a generator in a motor style transmission it’s possible they have gotten serial efficiency above 90% in which case it doesn’t matter “much”
Considering that this might be a $12000 economy hybrid.

They likely will sell on price alone like the leaf and versa
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In most parts of the world, highway economy probably doesn't matter all that much. How frequently are you on a long highway in Japan, or in most parts of Western Europe?
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In most parts of the world, highway economy probably doesn't matter all that much. How frequently are you on a long highway in Japan, or in most parts of Western Europe?
Highway economy is still important in other countries too, even though due to their smaller territorial extension there will be shorter distances to travel.
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Why didn't it get registered? I guess it would be a good opportunity to road-test it in the heavy traffic back there and get some real-world mileage figures.
I suppose they didn't see the point, as the vehicle would be going straight back out to do car show rounds in the region.
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I suppose they didn't see the point, as the vehicle would be going straight back out to do car show rounds in the region.
Seems like LHD countries are not so many back there in China.. err.. Southeast Asia

Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, I honestly don't remember if there is any other, though I'm aware that Singapore allows LHD vehicles conditionally under some specific circumstances which include low-emission vehicles undergoing tests. Wouldn't it be just easier to register the car in Japan and benefit from the Vienna Convention? IIRC only China and most of the Islamic countries are not signatories of that convention and would eventually cause trouble for RHD vehicle owners registered elsewhere.

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