Nissan: e-POWER to reach price parity with ICE vehicles by 2026
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Nissan: e-POWER to reach price parity with ICE vehicles by 2026

Japanese automaker Nissan has unveiled its new approach to electrified powertrain development, which it calls “X-in-1”. Under the approach, core electric vehicle (EV) and e-POWER powertrain components will be shared and modularized, resulting in a 30% reduction, compared to 2019, in development and manufacturing costs by 2026. 

Through the X-in-1 approach, Nissan aims to further increase the competitiveness of its EV  and e-POWER vehicles. Nissan has developed a 3-in-1 powertrain prototype, which  modularizes the motor, inverter, and reducer, which is planned for use in EVs. 

A 5-in-1 prototype, which additionally modularized the generator and increaser, is planned for use in e-POWER vehicles. 

The X-in-1 approach, which covers 3-in-1, 5-in-1, and other possible variants, has been  developed to enable EV and e-POWER core components to be produced on the same line. 

In 2010, Nissan became the first automaker to mass-market an electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF. In 2016, Nissan launched its unique e-POWER electrified  powertrain, utilizing its EV technology, which provides the same driving pleasure as an EV as it is 100% motor drive. 

According to Nissan, X-in-1 approach to electrified powertrain development provides the following benefits: 

  • Sharing and modularizing core components improves production efficiencies and  reduces powertrain costs by approximately 30% compared to 2019. Nissan aims to  achieve e-POWER price parity with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by around 2026. 
  • Size and weight reduction of the unit improves vehicle driving performance and  minimizes noise and vibration 
  • Adopt newly developed motor that reduces the use of heavy rare earth elements to 1%  or less of magnet weight 
  • The sharing of core components and control technology provides the enjoyable driving  experience unique to Nissan EVs

“We make the most of our expertise and know-how from our more-than-a-decade long  development and production of electrified technologies. Through our innovations in  electrified powertrain development, we’ll continue to create new value for customers and  deliver 100% motor-driven vehicles—EVs and e-POWER—as widely as possible,” said Nissan Senior Vice President Toshihiro Hirai, who leads powertrain & EV engineering development.

Under its long-term vision, Nissan Ambition 2030, the company aims to bolster its lineup  with 27 new electrified models, including 19 EVs, by fiscal year 2030. 

Nissan said its aim is to bring  the unique value of its electrified vehicles to the broadest range of customers by introducing  the most suitable models to each market at the appropriate time.