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Nissan to release a new EV with a range extender next year

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It's no secret that the Nissan Leaf has struggled to battle other electrified cars, like the Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt with their longer driving ranges. Nissan is now reportedly going to fix that with the introduction of a new electric car with a range extender.

Nissan hasn't announced many details, but the new hybrid system, called e-Power, debuted last year in the Gripz concept crossover. The system, which is similar to the plug-in hybrid system that powers the Chevy Volt, will use a small engine to generate electricity that will charge an onboard battery. The battery will then be able to power the electric motor.

Related: Nissan Gripz compact crossover concept debuts in Frankfurt

"This new electric vehicle will meet consumer demand for greater autonomy and fuel efficiency," stated Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's CEO. "It will utilize a new e-Power system that matches the agility, quietness, strong acceleration and efficiency of the Nissan Leaf."

Source: Automotive News

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