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Nissan's Electric Car Prototype with some really cool features

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On August 2nd, Nissan will unveil its new electric car in Japan, but in the meantime, they're using the Nissan Versa to test out the drivetrain. 



The 24kWh battery is based on a lithium-ion chemistry, and it is located under the vehicle floor for "more efficient packaging".



The electric car's navigation computer can show the driver, at the touch of a button, the driving radius within range under the current battery charge, and the system can also calculate if the current destination is within that range.

The range is about 100 miles, but Nissan says that regenerative braking can help extend that.  The onboard computer will be able to download information about nearby charging stations, with detailed information about each.

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.

That's some cool stuff.  Nissan seems to be the major automaker putting the most efforts into EVs, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they do.

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That's awesome!  Has there been any news on when the car will be available anywhere other than Japan?
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Yeah I particularly like being able to control the charging and A/C remotely.  No more getting into a sweltering hot car!  Great idea.

I think Nissan is planning on offering an EV to fleets (including in the US) in 2010 and retail sales in 2011.  By late 2012, Nissan expects to add production of up to 150,000 units per year in the US.
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 If only it was a 3-wheeler:

http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/NEWS/2009/_STORY/090802-02-e.html

         ......OK, OK; I'll get back in my corner now..........
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....The range is about 100 miles, but Nissan says that regenerative braking can help extend that.  The onboard computer will be able to download information about nearby charging stations, with detailed information about each. I like this!

 

Thank's a lot Chirs Jordan for the useful link


Edited by centralcostac - 7/19/10 at 12:11am
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Nissan estimates a range of 100 miles, but it depends on driving style, traffic conditions, road speed and battery age. In fact, even the ambient temperature plays a determining role in the cruise line, due to extreme temperatures are bad for the battery performance. The EPA gave the blade an energy efficiency rating equivalent of 106 miles per gallon city/92 mpg highway and 99 mpg combined driving range and an estimated 73 miles.

Touching, but Electrical are not emission-free. Most of the electricity produced by coal plants. Like electric cars, but we must not delude ourselves and keep pushing for more green energy such as solar, wind, etc. and then run an electric car will really mean something positive for the environment. This is a dream come true. Electric cars are safe, clean, efficient. This is a really big step towards reducing greenhouse gases, lessening the impact of peak oil, and saving money in the process. American auto companies need to learn from Nissan on this one!

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