Nissan is one of the largest proponents of battery electric vehicles but a new report is indicating the company will soon offer a range-extended model.

Nissan is one of the largest proponents of battery electric vehicles but a new report is indicating the company will soon offer a range-extended model.

According to Motoring, the car will be unveiled next year and use a small combustion engine to recharge its batteries when needed.  In essence, the model would operate much in the same way as the Chevrolet Volt and BMW i3 REx.

Nissan has been tight-lipped about the model but the company's Deputy General Manager of the EV and HEV engineering division said the Leaf will not be receiving an engine in the future so that rules out the possibility the model will be based on the electric vehicle.  However, Yoshi Shimoida confirmed plans for a range-extended model and said the company would call it a "series hybrid."

While Nissan is keeping details under wraps, the model will likely compete with the redesigned Chevrolet Volt which was introduced earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show.  It features a new Voltec powertrain that consists of an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, an electric motor and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder range extending engine. It enables the Volt to travel up to 50 miles (80 km) on electricity alone and up to 420 miles (676 km) overall.

Source: Motoring

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