Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Nissan shows-off new electric-vehicle platform, coming to U.S. in 2010

Back last month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) offered loans to Nissan to produce electric cars, that to be built and sold in the American market. Now, Nissan revealed its latest electric-vehicle platform on a Versa-based prototype, showcasing its pure zero-emission vehicle ambitions which are expected to hit the U.S. and Japanese market as early as next year.

“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,” says Nissan. The in-house developed electric motor provides 107 hp with a peak torque from 0 RPM of 206 lb-ft. Along with a regenerative brake system and a full-charge, Nissan's new EV platform has a driving range of nearly 100 miles.

Nissan is also flaunting its new “sophisticated IT system” that incorporates a navigation system that shows the driving radius within range under the current state of charge, calculates if the vehicle is within range of a pre-set destination and points out latest information on available charging stations within the current driving range.

While Nissan’s new electric-vehicle platform is debuting on a Versa-based prototype, the all-electric vehicle scheduled to debut in 2010 will have a unique design and body.

Source : [Nissan]

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