jjeff wrote:What I don't understand is why go through the losses of having a gas generator charge a battery and not being able to recharge the battery off the grid, I just don't understand the point!
I looked but didn't see anything about the size of the battery, I wonder if it's tiny like a regular Prius, therefore they'd have little to gain by plugging it in......if so I can't believe it would approach the MPG of something like a direct drive(ICE to wheels) Prius.
Based on the Japanese to EPA MPG conversion this car gets around 40mpg.
Done correctly this car should get very high city fuel economy, which will be offset by poor highway, unless of coarse their motor inside a generator series config eCVT can exceed 90% efficiency.
The reason for this car is that a $12000 MSRP Hybrid does not exist and this will help Nissan remove their faulty standard CVT XMSN off the market.
This car sells on price and speed, nothing else, nothing more
And the battery is tiny, fits under the seat and holds about 1kwhr usable.
The American version specs are likely to change, if and when it comes stateside
This car should be a no brained for city dwellers and may help mainstream hybrids moving them from a minority to a majority of the car market