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Nissan celebrates production of the 500,000th LEAF

9th September 2020
"The 500,000th LEAF found its happy owner, Maria Jansen, in Norway."

In celebration of World EV Day, Nissan today marked the production of the 500,000th LEAF, the world’s first mass-market 100% electric car. With half a million LEAFs built globally, customers around the world continue to embrace the pioneering zero-emission vehicle.

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The 500,000th LEAF found its happy owner, Maria Jansen, in Norway.


The milestone was achieved at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, England, almost a decade after the model first went on sale.

The Nissan LEAF has won accolades around the world including World Car of the Year 2011, Car of the Year 2011 in Europe, and Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012. More importantly, the car has earned the trust of hundreds of thousands of customers. The 500,000th LEAF found its happy owner, Maria Jansen, in Norway.

LEAF owners have driven more than 14.8 billion clean-air kilometers since 2010. Collectively, they have helped prevent more than 2.4 billion kilograms of CO2 emissions.

During recent lockdowns, air quality improved around the world due to a decrease in CO2-emitting activities. In Europe, studies show that 68% of people support measures to prevent a return to previous levels of air pollution.

Consumers have seen what cleaner air and reduced noise pollution feel like during lockdowns,” said Helen Perry, head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure at Nissan Europe. “Now more than ever, they’re looking to take positive steps towards a more sustainable future and the Nissan LEAF contributes to this effort.”

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New Upcoming Electric Cars in Nepal 2021 | Price, Specs

21st October 2021
"Electric cars are creating a buzzing sensation in the streets of Nepal."

Electric cars are creating a buzzing sensation in the streets of Nepal. Here in this article, we will discuss the electric cars that are available in Nepal and the new upcoming electric cars in Nepal in 2020 with their price and specifications:

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New Upcoming Electric Cars in Nepal 2020 

DFSK Glory E3

In terms of appearance, the DFSK Glory E3 design inherits the DFSK's distinctive design style. The front is wrapped with a chrome grille with three horizontal trim lines. The design style that connects the headlights and chrome grille is a characteristic of the third row of other DFSK SUV models. The sturdy rear design, 18-inch sporty wheel, increasingly shows it is the current SUV model.

DFSK Glory E3 electric car

DFSK Glory E3 Specification

DFSK Glory E3 motor specification

DFSK Glory E3 has 163 PS power and 300 Nm of torque, which can accelerate from 0-50 km in 3.9 seconds. In addition, there are three driving modes that can be selected according to the needs of Normal / Eco / Sport.

DFSK Glory E3 Mileage

The battery of the car is lithium-ion polymer battery and the range provided by it is 305 km with a full charge.

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Tata Nexon EV

Sipradi Trading, the sole authorised distributor of Tata Motors in Nepal, has officially launched the Tata Nexon EV compact SUV in Nepal at a starting price of NPR 35.99 Lakh.

The Tata Nexon EV will be the first vehicle by the carmaker that will accompany the company's Ziptron powertrain

The Nexon EV will be available in three variants – XM (Rs 35.99 Lakh)XZ+ (Rs 37.99 Lakh), and XZ+ LUX with Sunroof (Rs 39.99 Lakh)  and will come with a warranty of 8 years or 1,60,000km (whichever is earlier) on battery and motor.

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Tata Nexon EV

Tata Nexon EV specifications

As for the Tata Nexon EV Specifications, the new Nexon EV will get IP67 appraised dust and waterproof battery pack and it is expected to give a range of near 300km.

Nexon EV is equipped with a powerful and high-efficiency 127 bhp permanent-magnet AC motor powered by a high capacity 30.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. The motor produces 245 Nm of instant torque from a standstill, enabling Nexon EV to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.9 seconds.

Nexon EV price in Nepal

The Nexon EV will be available in three variants – XM (Rs 35.99 Lakh)XZ+ (Rs 37.99 Lakh), and XZ+ LUX with Sunroof (Rs 39.99 Lakh)  and will come with a warranty of 8 years or 1,60,000km (whichever is earlier) on battery and motor.

Peugeot 2008 EV

The SUV is built with strength and character, the striking new exterior design is complemented with vibrant new paint finishes. Innovative lifestyle technology has been introduced to ensure maximum convenience and safety.

Peugeot 2008 EV

Peugeot 2008 EV has a battery capacity of 50 kWh. It gives the maximum power of 136 PS and a peak torque of 260 Nm. The maximum speed provided by the vehicle is 150 km/h. It takes 7 hours and 45 minutes for a full charge and provides a range of 275 km.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan LEAF is equipped with the latest Intelligent Driving technologies including e-Pedal and ProPILOT² systems and energizes you with the future of dynamic driving. The all-electric Nissan LEAF is the perfect expression of smart & sustainable Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

nissan leaf

Nissan Leaf electric takes 7.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 kmph.

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Nissan Leaf gets a 40.0 kWh electric motor with a battery power of 150 PS and a peak torque of 320 Nm. The car provided a maximum speed of 144 kph. A full charge will take 11 hours and 45 minutes. Nissan Leaf electric gives a range of about 220 km in one full charge.

DS 3 E-TENSE

The luxury compact SUV, combining advanced technology and refinement, DS 3 E-TENSE is the first 100% Electric vehicle from DS Automobiles. DS 3 E-TENSE will pave the way for a new generation of electric vehicles.

DS 3 E-TENSE

DS 3 E-Tense electric takes 8.7 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph.

DS 3-E Tense gets a 50kWh electric motor with a battery power of 134 bhp and a maximum speed of 165 kph. A full charge will take around eight hours. DS 3 E-Tense electric gives a range of about 322 km in one full charge.

Mahindra E KUV 100

In the biggest development on the first day of Auto Expo 2020, Mahindra and Mahindra launched e-KUV100 at the starting price in India of INR 8.25 lakh.
Mahindra e-KUV100 is equipped with a liquid-cooled battery pack, auto transmission, fast charge, and remote connections.

Mahindra E KUV 100



Mahindra e-KUV100 is in line with the vision shared by the company at the motor show. "Purpose for cleaner performance for a cleaner tomorrow, zero waste tomorrow is at the core of Mahindra and Mahindra," the company's MD Pawan Goenka said at the Auto Expo 2020. The company also announced the all-new mStallion range of engines that will complement the mHawk range. The new engine, says Mahindra, will offer better performance and mileage. The company had earlier said that the electric version of Mahindra  XUV300 will be made available in the country by 2021.

 

Electric cars available in Nepal

KIA Niro

Energy and power for the Kia Niro EV come from a cutting-edge, liquid-cooled 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and powerful electric motor. The long-range battery, packaged under the floor of this electric car to maximize cabin space for passengers, gives the Niro EV a range of over 450 kilometers from a single charge.

KIA Niro Electric car

KIA Niro Specifications

Kia Niro Motor Specification

The maximum power produced by this electric motor is 139 hp @ 5,700 rpm and the peak torque produced by the car is 195 lb·ft @ 1,000.

Kia Niro Mileage

The battery of the car is lithium-ion polymer battery and the range provided by it is 452 km with full charge.

Kia Niro Ground Clearance

The kerb weight of the car is 1,409 kg and KIA Niro ground clearance is 170 mm.

KIA Niro Price in Nepal

The KIA Niro price in Nepal is Rs. 69,90,000.

Click here to Compare Kia Niro EV with any other Cars.

MG eZS

The MG eZS electric car gives you the best, and that includes what’s found under the bonnet. Which is why we designed a compact SUV that gives you premium style, without the premium price tag. The smooth lines and high-end touches aren’t just there to look good; they’ll make you feel good too. Knowing that you’re in a ride that doesn’t do middle-of-the-road. This luxury SUV turns heads in both the town and the country.

MG eZS electric car

MG eZS Specification

MG eZS motor specification

MG eZS produces 148BHP and 350Nm. Moreover, it is fast enough to get from 0 – 50kmph in just 3.1 seconds.

MG eZS Mileage

The battery of the car is lithium-ion polymer battery and the range provided by it is 428 km with a full charge.

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Hyundai Kona

Introducing the ground-breaking KONA Electric car, the uncompromising newcomer that combines bold, roomy SUV with an impressive electric driving range.

Hyundai Kona electric car

Hyundai Kona Specifications

Hyundai Kona Engine Specification

The maximum power produced by this electric motor is 134 bhp and the peak torque produced by the car is 395 Nm.

Hyundai Kona Mileage

The battery of the car is lithium-ion polymer battery and the range provided by it is 452 km with full charge.

Hyundai Kona Ground Clearance

The kerb weight of the car is 1685 kg and Hyundai Kona ground clearance is 170 mm.

Hyundai Kona Price in Nepal

The Hyundai Kona price in Nepal is Rs. 56,96,000.

Click here to compare Hyundai Kona with other cars

Mahindra E2O

The Electric Hatchback from Mahindra.And here is the Mahindra E2O price in Nepal and other Mahindra E2O  specifications for you.

Mahindra E2O Electric car

Mahindra E2O Specifications

Mahindra E2O Engine Specification

The maximum power produced by E2O is 26 PS @ 3500 RPM and the peak torque produced by the car is 70 Nm @ 1000 RPM.

Mahindra E2O Range

The battery charges within 6 hours and gives the range of around 100 km.

Mahindra E2O Ground Clearance

The kerb weight of the car is 932 Kg and Mahindra E2O ground clearance is 170 mm.

Mahindra E2O Price in Nepal

The Mahindra E2O price in Nepal is Rs. 20,35,000.

Click here to compare Mahindra E2O with other cars

Kia Soul EV

The KIA Soul EV is a battery-electric vehicle ideally suited for city commuters thanks to its class-leading drive range, a spacious cabin, and generous cargo area. Kia Soul EV price in Nepal and other Kia Soul EV specifications is discussed below.

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV Specifications

Kia Soul Engine EV Specification

The maximum power produced by the electric motor is 109 PS @ 2730-8000 RPM and the peak torque produced by the car is 285 Nm @ 0-2730 RPM.

Kia Soul EV Ground Clearance

The kerb weight of the Kia Soul electric car is 1565 kg and the ground clearance is 165 mm.

Kia Soul Price in Nepal

The Kia Soul EV price in Nepal is Rs. 56,00,000.

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Hyundai IONIQ 2020

The much-awaited Hyundai IONIQ Electric 2020 has been facelifted in Nepal. Laxmi Intercontinental Pvt. Ltd, the authorized distributor of Hyundai for Nepal is offering the latest Hyundai Ioniq electric car facelift 2020 for Nepalese customers.

Hyundai IONIQ electric car

Hyundai IONIQ Specifications

Hyundai IONIQ electric takes 8.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph.

Hyundai IONIQ gets a 38.3 kWh electric motor with a battery power of 134 bhp and a maximum speed of 165 kph. A full charge will take slightly less than nine hours. Hyundai IONIQ electric gives the range of about 275 km in one full charge.

Hyundai IONIQ 2020 has LED DRL and Headlamps, Smart Electric Sunroof and new Iconic Grille.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Price in Nepal

The Hyundai IONIQ price in Nepal as stated by Hyundai Nepal is 57,96,000 NRS.

Click here to Compare Hyundai IONIQ with any other cars.

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What are Hybrid Electric cars and how do they work?

1st September 2020
"Here's all info about the hybrid cars."

The word Hybrid in the context of the automobile refers to the vehicle that is powered by both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine and a hybrid battery.  The two systems work directly with each other to drive the wheels. Hybrid cars can switch between the petrol engine and electric motor, or combine both power sources depending on the driving scenario. Better fuel economy is the primary motivation behind hybridization

Certain driving conditions favor the use of only the electric motor (depending on the state of charge of battery) such as driving below a specific speed or sitting at idle, the engine remains off and thus burns zero gasoline. When the battery level gets to a certain depletion level or if heavy control loads are required, the gasoline motor automatically kicks in to assist both in recharging the battery and pushing the drive wheels. When the engine isn’t needed, say if you’re idling at the lights, it shuts off altogether. This makes hybrids incredibly fuel-efficient as they tend to only use the engine for accelerating, climbing hills, or when extra power is required. In terms of performance, driving a hybrid is much like driving a regular car. Hybrids automatically charge their own hybrid battery so you don’t need to use an external charging point or worry about the distance you can drive.

How do they work?

Hybrid cars use a combination of an internal combustion engine (ICE) and a battery-electric drive motor. The engine and the motor can work separately or together to power the wheels. Here are 5 different driving scenarios so you can see how hybrid cars work:

  • When pulling away from a stop: The electric motor gets the car moving initially, and draws on the hybrid battery for power.
  • During normal cruising: Both the electric motor and petrol engine can run together or independently when cruising at higher speeds.
  • During heavy acceleration: The petrol engine provides power during heavy acceleration and higher speeds.
  • During braking and deceleration: When the brakes are applied or you ease pressure on the accelerator, power is stopped being fed to the wheels.
  • When coming to a complete stop: Both the petrol engine and the electric motor turn off once the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Battery power is used to keep vehicle systems running, e.g. lights, radio, air conditioning, etc.

On the surface level, it might seem like all the hybrid cars are the same in mechanism but there are variations in the designs and layouts of certain hybrids. There are different types of hybrid vehicles out there, though we’re focusing mainly on common consumer and commercial vehicle applications.

Type of Hybrid Vehicles

hybrid-cars-types

Parallel Hybrid

In this most common design, the electric motor and gasoline engine are connected in a common transmission that blends the two power sources. That transmission can be an automatic, a manual, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). One very popular hybrid transmission is a power-split CVT, which is used by the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt. Transmission type and the size of the gasoline engine are the main factors that determine how a parallel hybrid will accelerate, sound, and feel. Brands that use the parallel design include Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Kia, Ford, Honda, Lincoln, Nissan, and Infiniti.

Series Hybrid

In this design, the electric motor provides all the thrust, and there is never a physical-mechanical connection between the engine and the wheels. The gasoline engine is just there to recharge the battery. This results in a driving experience that's more indicative of an electric car, with smoother, powerful acceleration. There's typically less vibration when the gasoline engine engages. However, that engagement doesn't always happen in concert with what your right foot is doing (remember, the battery is making the demands), so the engine might be revving up while the car is cruising at a steady speed. Some find this behavior disconcerting. The BMW i3 with the range extender is an example of a series hybrid.

Plug-In Hybrid

A plug-in hybrid enhances the conventional hybrid concept with a much larger battery pack that, like an electric car's, must be fully recharged using an external electricity source—from your home, office, or public charging station. This greater amount of energy storage is like a larger gas tank: It allows for extended all-electric driving (between 15 and 55 kilometers depending on the model) and can significantly reduce fuel consumption. In fact, if you have a short commute and recharge nightly, you'll be running on electricity most of the time. Should you deplete the all-electric range, the car basically reverts to being a conventional parallel hybrid. The Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid is an example of the plug-in breed.

Mild Hybrid

All of the above are considered "full hybrids," which means that the electric motor is capable of moving the car by itself, even if it's for a short distance. In a "mild" hybrid, it cannot. The mild-hybrid, the term was coined to describe one of the industry’s latest innovations, the 48-volt electrical system. It’s an additional electric supply that supplements the already standard 12-volt electrical supply used on vehicles.  Just as in a full hybrid, a mild hybrid's electric motor is there to assist the gasoline engine to improve fuel economy, increase performance, or both. It also serves as the starter for the automatic start-stop system, which shuts down the engine when the car comes to rest in order to save fuel.

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Nissan unveils its first electric SUV, the Ariya with detailed specs

7th September 2020
"A plug-in version of the Nissan NV van."

The Nissan Ariya, the company's first all-electric SUV, will be able to drive up to 300 miles on a single charge and features a high-tech interior, with almost no buttons or knobs, according to the automaker.

The vehicle was unveiled during an online event Wednesday.

Nissan became one of the first major car companies to offer an all-electric car when it introduced the Leaf in 2010. At the time, Nissan had big plans to make a whole lineup of electric vehicles, which then-CEO Carlos Ghosn predicted would make up 10% of the global car market by 2020.

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Ariya-electric-crossover-design

So far, things haven't turned out the way. Last year, electric vehicles made up just 2.6% of all cars sold globally, according to the International Energy Agency. Besides a new and improved Leaf, the only other electric vehicle Nissan offers widely is the eNV, a plug-in version of the Nissan NV van, which isn't sold in the U.S. Nissan executives have said the company will come out with eight new electric vehicles by 2022.

Ariya-electric-crossover-front-design

The Ariya crossover SUV will become Nissan's second electric vehicle available in the US. It's bigger and roomier than the Leaf, a compact car, and has a design somewhat like Nissan's Murano SUV. The most noticeable difference is the front "grille" design. Electric cars don't require nearly as much incoming air as the gasoline-powered cars, so the front grille is purely a design feature. The Ariya's grille has a large sunken area with a subtle pattern that's supposed to resemble a traditional Japanese Kumiko design. It also has a slightly redesigned Nissan logo that lights up.

Ariya-electric-crossover-interior

Inside, the Ariya has a particularly roomy interior thanks to the lack of an engine under the hood. Things that usually impinge on interior space, like the air conditioning equipment, are located under the hood instead.

In place of buttons and switches, most so-called secondary controls -- for things like climate control and the stereo -- are handled through "capacitive haptic switches,touch-sensitive icons that light up on the dashboard."

Ariya-electric-crossover-built-design

The Ariya's large flat battery pack is mounted under the SUV's floor, which allows the vehicle to have a completely flat floor, an arrangement also found in a number of other electric models including the Tesla Model Y.

The Ariya will be available with Nissan's ProPilot Assist driver assistance technology that allows some hands-free driving on highways in some countries. The hands-free driving technology, which is similar to systems offered by General Motors and, soon, Ford, will be available in the US first on the Ariya, a Nissan spokesman said.

The electric SUV will be available in front- or all-wheel-drive and with a choice of two battery pack sizes. The base model will have a 63-kilowatt-hour battery pack. With the larger 87 kilowatt-hour pack, the Ariya will be able to go about 300 miles on a charge based on US EPA tests, according to Nissan. Nissan did not release a range estimate for the SUV with the smaller battery pack.

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Ariya-electric-crossover-looks

The Ariya will be able to go from a stop to 60 miles an hour in about 5 seconds, Nissan chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta said in an online meeting with journalists. That performance is similar to Nissan's 370Z sports car.

The Ariya will go on sale in Japan in the middle of 2021 and the United States later next year. Prices in the US will start at about $40,000. That's a few thousand dollars less than competitors like the Ford Mustang Mach-E or the Tesla Model Y.

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