Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nissan's Greener Vehicles

"The people of Nissan are committed to business practices that protect the environment and make a better world -- both now and for future generations."

Nissan's “Blue Citizenship” program represents the company’s desire to protect the blue planet and to be a corporate citizen that can live symbiotically with people and society. These efforts include global issues like environmental protection.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance sees the propagation and investment in electric, zero-emission vehicles, as central to their corporate strategy, they are committed to becoming a leader through electrical vehicles. To realize this goal Nissan is planning to put 65,000 lithium-ion batteries in cars next year.

Nissan unveiled the design of the production EV at its new Global Headquarters Opening in Yokohama on August 2nd. Nissan's EV platform is built on a Tiida-based prototype and demonstrates the superior driving pleasure of a pure zero-emission vehicle. It also showcased a sophisticated EV-IT system developed to support electric 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity, delivering outstanding driving performance and safety, while offering a quiet and peaceful driving experience – a unique feature of a fully-electric drivetrain.

The 24kWh laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the vehicle floor for more efficient packaging, without compromising cabin or cargo space. The battery layout also allows smooth underfloor air-flow which helps reduce drag. Additionally, the regenerative brake system employed to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking extends the driving range to more than 160km*1 under a full charge.

Nissan has developed a sophisticated IT system for its zero-emission EVs, connecting the vehicle’s on-board transmitting unit to a global data center to support EV driving 24 hours 7 days a week.

Usability and convenience for EV driving is achieved through several interesting innovations including a maximum range display. With a simple touch of a button, the navigation map shows the driving radius within range under the current state of charge. The system can calculate if the vehicle is within range of a pre-set destination. The navigation system points out the latest information on available charging stations within the current driving range.

The timer function enables the air-conditioner or battery charging to begin at a specified time. The air-conditioner can be pre-set while the vehicle is plugged-in to cool the cabin to a desirable temperature before driving begins, without taxing the vehicle’s battery. Meanwhile, the battery charging can be set to start at a specified time at night to benefit from more favorable electricity rates.

The driver can monitor the state-of-charge of the EV via an online website and a cellular phone. For example, when the battery is fully charged, a message alert is sent to the cellular phone. Additional remote control functions range from switching the charging system ON/OFF or setting the air-conditioner timer.

To be a leader in zero-emission mobility, Nissan is progressing its development for electric vehicles and the key components. Nissan's EVs will be introduced in the United States, Europe and Japan in 2010. By 2012, there are plans to globally merchandise them.
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NEXT: Honda's Greener Vehicles / Korean (Hyundai & Kia) Greener Cars / European Greener Cars / American Greener Vehicles (Ford's Greener Vehicles / GM's Greener Vehicles) / Government Investment in Greener Vehicles

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