Nissan’s 400-mile Range Zero Emissions Vehicle

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Jun 16

Nissan unveils plans to give a realistic 400-mile range with NO CO2 emissions

First Ever

Nissan has revealed plans for the world’s first ever bio-ethanol fuel cell car, which will mix natural gas and ethanol with oxygen to produce electricity which will directly power the front wheels.

The Process

The fuel is either 100 per cent ethanol or ethanol-blended water, passes through a reformer, creates hydrogen to generate electricity via a solid oxide fuel cell also known as SOFC.

This energy then charges batteries and motor, which creates rotational power transmitted to the wheels.

Availability of Bio-Fuels

Bio-ethanol fuels can be sourced from sugarcane and corn and are widely available in North and South America and Asia.

It is unlikely to reach UK shores any time soon due to non-development.

Nissan’s Zero-Emissions Society

Nissan says that it will continue to pursue a zero-emission society by “openly addressing the infrastructure issues tied to energy supply in every region of the world”. The e-Bio setup is more efficient than the conventional fuel cell due to SOFC power generator.

Nissan says this should give the production car engine a range of more than 600km (373 miles).

Carbon Neutral Fuel

Nissan claims the e-Bio fuel cell is totally carbon neutral, keeps the cost down and is on the same level as today’s EVs. Bosses suggest the new fuel-cell setup will be an ideal fit for the public and businesses alike thanks to the short refueling time and ample power figures.

Which Car will be the 1st one to get this T?

There’s no word on which car might be the first to get Nissan’s e-Bio fuel cell stack. Given that the Nissan Leaf was designed from the outset as a dedicated EV, the first e-Bio model is likely to be a entirely new model on its own.