Nissan today unveiled its new approach to electrified powertrain development, which it calls “X-in-1”. Under the approach, core electric vehicle (EV) and e-Power hybrid 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 modularizes the generator and increaser, is planned for use in e-Power hybrid 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 EV, the Nissan Leaf. To continuously enhance its electrification technologies, Nissan has been carefully listening to its EV customers around the world. In 2016, Nissan launched its unique e-Power hybrid powertrain, utilizing its EV technology, which provides the same driving pleasure as an EV as it is 100% motor drive, but with the peace of mind of a gasoline engine that charges the battery.
The X-in-1 approach to electrified powertrain development provides the following benefits:
- Sharing and modularizing core components improve production efficiencies and reduce powertrain costs by approximately 30% compared to 2019. Nissan aims to achieve e-POWER price parity with ICE vehicles by around 2026
- Size and weight reduction of the unit improves vehicle driving performance and minimizes noise and vibration
- Adopt a 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
As of the moment, the most affordable electrified car that Nissan offers in the Philippines is the Kicks e-Power. The hybrid crossover SUV was launched with huge success, especially due to its starting price of P1,239,000. But with the X-in-1 approach, expect future Nissan e-Power hybrids and full EVs to get a lot more affordable.
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