The first time I heard about Nissan's e-Power solution was during the 2017 Tokyo auto show.
Nissan was talking about how its new twist on the hybrid drivetrain had turned the Note small minivan into a “Prius killer” in Japan. That was a reference to Toyota's full-hybrid sedan, which was getting seriously challenged by the Note in the Japanese rivals' home market.
The trend continued in 2018, which is when the Note became Japan's best-selling car.
But it took Nissan a while to get the e-Power tech into its lineup in Europe, where average driving speeds are a lot higher than in Japan. Nissans engineers need time to overcome the challenge .