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Nissan to Launch New Hybrid Truck Prototype at Hanover Show

3 September 2006

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Nissan’s new Cabstar hybrid. Click to enlarge.

Nissan will introduce a parallel hybrid Cabstar concept truck at the upcoming 61st International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicles, in Hanover, Germany. The show runs from 19 - 28 September 2006.

The hybrid concept is based on a new version of the Cabstar truck, also being introduced in Hanover. The hybrid uses a prototype ZF powertrain featuring a motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack to supplement the conventional 110 kW (147 hp) 3.0-liter diesel engine in the Cabstar. Nissan says that the Hybrid Cabstar will reduce fuel consumption by up to 30% in addition to reducing emissions.

The 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) diesel engine is one of three new Euro-4 compliant engines offered in the new Cabstar.

ZF is working on a range of hybrid components and systems. For the hybrid concept of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, ZF is providing a module that integrates clutch, actuators, and electric motor, and which the manufacturer must simply mount between the engine and the transmission. The system delivers all-electric performance equivalent to that from the combustion engine, according to ZF.

In conjunction with MAN, ZF is developing an EDA (electrodynamic starting element) that provides hybrid functions (regenerative braking, start&stop). The motor in the EDA concept is not situated between the engine and transmission, but it coupled by means of a single-stage planetary gear. The EDA can be completely integrated in the existing clutch bell of an automatic transmission (instead of the starting clutch).

Nissan is also introducing a new range of engines on the new Atleon light truck, and enhancements to the Primastar and Interstar LCVs based on Renault/GM platforms. Nissan has aggressive goals for its global LCV business. By fiscal year 2007, the company plans to double operating profit margin to 8% and increase volumes by 40% to 434,000 units worldwide compared with fiscal 2004.

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A Sprinter based flatbed could replace many pickups, and save some fuel to boot. Even without this hybrid system, the standard 5 cylinder diesel could do for most applications. The hybrid system would be available for those wanting more mileage/power.

Interestingly, this article says nothing about the fuel economy of this truck. Just what is the expected fuel consumption of this vehicle, and the conventional one it suppliments?.

Speaking of fuel economy, maybe it is time for the EPA to include in their estimated fuel mileage stickers how much the vehicle consumes under various:
a) driving style, from ultra aggressive to moderate to ultra conservative.
b) weight factors, whether it be passengers or cargo aboard, or while towing something.
c) electrical load factors for modern features like air conditioning or an audiovisual entertainment system that has a power consumption of 1,000 watts.
d) weather/climate/altitude factors, since driving in Rhode Island is different from central New Mexico or western Texas.
e) speeds since driving at 55 might or might not save you (per mile) gas vs 65 or 75. Drag inducing objects like roof racks, and loads on top/on the back of the automobile should be tested as to their effect on fuel consumption.
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___Additionally, fuel economy and tire pressure/ temperature/condition monitoring systems w/ displays/ gauges on all cars would be handy. They will show the drivers how much they are consuming, and improve safety/fuel economy for many.

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