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Nissan Plans to Put Electric Vehicle on Market in 3 Years

Nissan Motor plans to put lightweight, subcompact electric cars powered by lithium-ion batteries developed in-house on the market in three years, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Nissan will also reportedly roll-out its gasoline-electric hybrids—possibly with plug-in capability—based on its own technology by 2010. (Earlier post.) The 2007 Altima Hybrid is based on technology licensed from Toyota. (Earlier post.)

Nissan is projecting a driving range for the electric vehicle of about 200 km on a single charge. Mitsubishi Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries are also developing electric cars for the mass market.

Nissan developed its first electric car in 1947. It developed a two-passenger small electric car—the Hypermini—in 2000, but the model could travel only just more than 100 km on a single charge and never made it to the mass market. It was tested in several US fleets.

Nissan will also accelerate the expansion of its diesel lineup, and, with the help of Renault, also enhance its development of flex-fuel vehicles.

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Neil

Harvey: indeed, I agree, I'm just saying that Canada can't go it alone. We've tried before and ran into trouble.

rexis

Everybodies trying to get rid of oil burner, but how many realised how dirty/clean is our electricity?

Coal? Natural Gas? Hydro? Or giant oil burner again?

Some say nuclear. But so many anti nuke. And how many nuke we got?

Some say solar, wait till we covered all our deserts with solar collectors. Wind? What to do when theres no wind.

We should learn to conserve first before we can save, not just to find out more so called better alternative to keep on our lust and greed. But yet we see car makers keep on pumping out full size SUV.

zogger

AC Propulsion has what I think is the "solution" for the electric or hybrid approach. The car itself is pure electric, and for extended range (weekend trips or whatever) you attach a rigid generator trailer and plug it into the car. Once I have a few more coins scraped together for this project, it is exactly what I want to build, using a small pickup for the main vehicle and a diesel generator for the trailer part. For batteries I think I'll just use a normal forklift traction battery pack, that is about the cheapest out there now for stored amp hours. The added bonus of having a nice generator on the trailer is that you can use a transfer switch and use it for your home during power outtages. Now combine all that with a dedicated solar system for your garage roof..well, there ya go.

Yes, not the ideal rig for urban apartment dwellers, but for those of us in the burbs or living rural like I do it just might work. I have looked at the small cars like the prius and insight, etc-they just don't fit what I need, whereas a truck or van would. I don't commute to an office, I work on a farm, we need to be able to carry bulk loads sometimes so you *need* a truck. If I can roundtrip to the nearest town for shopping and supplies-call it a 50 mile range with some to spare, that is more than adequate in the battery department and I think that is doable with relatively inexpensive old school flooded lead acid..

Engineer-Poet

Watch your payload capacity there, zogger; PbSO4 can leave you with zero pretty fast.

SJC

If a 500wh lead acid battery weighs 50 pounds and you need 20,000wh, then the lead acid battery bank would weigh 2000 pounds. Maybe you should go for the F250.

allen_Z

Zogger,
A Sierra/Silverado 2 mode hybrid pickup, once it comes out 2007/2008, may do the job. Diesel pickups may fit the bill too. This is if you can afford it (and can wait till they come out in the case of hybrid pickups).

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