Nissan Serena e-Power among the squarest cars in town

On a full tank, the Nissan Serena e-Power will cover around 500km, which is more than what most electric cars are capable of. The powered sliding doors can be activated by a tug on the handles, pressing buttons on the said handles, activating another
ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
On a full tank, the Nissan Serena e-Power will cover around 500km, which is more than what most electric cars are capable of. The powered sliding doors can be activated by a tug on the handles, pressing buttons on the said handles, activating another
The powered sliding doors can be activated by a tug on the handles, pressing buttons on the said handles, activating another set of buttons in the cockpit, or a hands-free method of "kicking" the underside of the car.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR
On a full tank, the Nissan Serena e-Power will cover around 500km, which is more than what most electric cars are capable of.
On a full tank, the Nissan Serena e-Power will cover around 500km, which is more than what most electric cars are capable of.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

Nissan's Serena e-Power is a cool electric seven-seater with a long range and an enormous cabin

The new Nissan Serena e-Power is one of the squarest cars in town, yet it easily qualifies as one of the coolest.

The seven-seater with van-like sliding doors is a petrol-electric hybrid with a twist. Its front wheels are driven exclusively by a 100kW electric motor. The motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery which never runs dry. This is because it is charged by a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which acts solely as a generator (with no connection to the wheels).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2019, with the headline 'Square vroom'. Print Edition | Subscribe