Tweaks were made to the electric motor accuracy and battery charging by the Japanese automaker, allowing the M35h to rely more heavily on electric power during a cold start. CO2 emissions drop, which also has other benefits to owners in European countries. In the United Kingdom for example, the decrease allows the M35h to qualify for a higher rate of Write Down Allowance (WDA) which allows companies to claim 20 percent of the car’s cost as capital expenditure per year, as opposed to the previous 10 percent.
Fuel consumption was also lowered, though U.S. figures weren’t available. Combined figure is up 0.5-mpg to 40.9-mpg U.K., highway is now 50.5-mpg U.K. and city is now 31.4-mpg U.K. It’s important to note, though, that those figures are based on a totally different set of standards and likely won’t reflect EPA numbers at all.
We’re guessing the improvements will be minor but are welcoming them, especially if performance of the M35h stays the same.