Plans are afoot to introduce Nissan’s e-Power range-extender electric drive in Malaysia, although it is likely not to be in the form of the Note e-Power, the car that debuted the hybrid system.

Speaking to paultan.org at the sidelines of the Nissan Futures event in Singapore last week, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) sales and marketing director Chris Tan said that the company is looking at introducing e-Power locally, but added for certain that it won’t be with the Note.

The system is also found in the e-Power variant of the fifth-generation Serena, which is set to be launched in Malaysia soon in its regular form. Could the MPV possibly provide an entry point for the REx system here, or will we have to wait for other offerings down the line to introduce the tech locally?

To recap, the e-Power system utilises a petrol engine, but that doesn’t provide any motive power – in the Note, the 79 PS/103 Nm 1.2 litre HR12DE three-cylinder engine is only there to feed the 109 PS/254 Nm electric motor from the Leaf, which drives the wheels.

According to the automaker, the system allows drivers to enjoy the benefits of an electric motor – such as maximum torque from standstill – without having to worry about charging the battery. The range extender workings means that the battery itself is much smaller than something like the one in the Leaf, enabling it to be placed under the front seats without impacting on interior space.