Greetings from the floors of Tokyo Motor Show 2017, where electric is all the rage. Nissan’s booth has a few EVs on display, and here’s one electric minivan that can (somehow) endure Metro Manila’s gridlock.
Meet the Serena e-Power, a minivan that features the Japanese carmaker’s e-Power electric drive system. First introduced in 2016 in a Nissan Note, this EV technology packs a small gasoline engine that charges the battery, so you won’t need an external charger. Imagine a smartphone that never runs out of battery because it can self-charge.
Because it’s electric, the Serena e-Power drives quietly and smoothly, and is expected to feature responsive acceleration. Another tech it boasts of is ProPilot, a single-lane autonomous driving technology nifty for highway driving. Yes, cars are indeed getting smarter.
The exterior features custom LED taillights, and its grille has blue accents. These blue streaks extend to the interior, where captain seats are found in the second row. Being a minivan, the Serena e-Power offers its passengers a spacious cabin.
Nissan’s electric minivan is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in the second quarter of 2018. Good for them. Meanwhile, we’re still dreaming of a day without inhaling jeepney smoke. Scroll below for more photos and let us know what you think.