|Fuel cell for hire. Click to enlarge.|
Nissan Motor has leased the latest version of the X-TRAIL hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to Kanagawa Toshi Kotsu to be used as part of their chauffeur-driven hired-car fleet.
This is the first time that a fuel-cell vehicle has been made available for hired-car services.
|Layout of the X-TRAIL. Click to enlarge.|
Each X-TRAIL FCV uses a Nissan-built 90kW fuel-cell stack and compact li-ion batteries capable of delivering the same level of performance as the gasoline-powered X-TRAIL.
The X-TRAIL features 70MPa (10,000 psi) hydrogen storage which extends the cruising range to more than 500 km (311 miles)—1.4 times that of the previous model.
|Cell configuration. Click to enlarge.|
Nissan uses a laminated li-ion cell design that has fewer components and is more compact and lighter in weight than conventional cylindrical cells. Material improvements made to the lithium manganate positive electrode and the carbon negative electrode contribute to boosting power output by 1.5 times and reduce the volume by more than half compared with a conventional li-ion cylindrical cell, according to Nissan.
The thin cell construction also enables a thin module design for a substantial improvement in battery cooling efficiency.
Under the Nissan Green Program 2010 (earlier post), Nissan will offer advanced technology and products to help make real-world reductions in CO2 emissions, including further practical use of fuel-cell vehicles. Since April 2006, Nissan has enabled consumers to experience the performance and benefits of fuel-cell-powered vehicles by making them available for test-drives at the Nissan Gallery located at its headoffice in Ginza, Tokyo.