“Light’s falling!” is something our camera crew yells out as they implore us to get on with our driving. Well, at least on our other shoots.
This month, it was us pleading with the camera crew to get their shots done before the EVs we were testing ran out of charge.
Range anxiety is probably the biggest concern with electric cars. Sure, purchase costs are high and charging infrastructure sparse, but nothing compares to the worry of running out of watts. Having already tested quite a few electric cars before, and for this EV special issue too, range has always been a factor. Of course, the situation is getting better each day, but until then, a range extender is an interesting solution.
A range extender is essentially an electric vehicle, but unlike a pure EV, its battery is charged by an on-board engine. Basically, think of it as an EV carrying its own charging infrastructure. With both electric and internal combustion power sources, it’s similar to a hybrid, but here, the engine never directly powers the wheels – it switches on solely to charge the batteries.
The benefits of this system are quite a few. For one, range anxiety is taken care of. And having to only charge the battery and never take the driving load directly, the engine can run in a very efficient state.
This enables a very high efficiency figure, Nissan claims the Note e-Power delivers 37kpl.