Posts Tagged ‘Nissan’

Nissan Working on Fast EV Charger

October 13th, 2011

Probably the biggest problems that make customers doubt electric vehicle is a low driving range and long charging time.

With this in mind the famous car-maker Nissan decided to solve one of these problems – recently the Japanese news agency Nikkei announced that the company managed to come up with an experimental system that makes it possible to fully charge an EV battery in just 10 minutes.

The technology features a capacitor in which the electrode is created using a mix of tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide that replace the conventional carbon. This considerably increases the power of the charger, allowing it to function much faster.

Nissan has carried out tests on the batteries and did not find any considerable effects concerning voltage or their storing capacity.

The new charger is about half the size of the fast charger that Nissan currently uses. It was also said that the new device will be able to charge batteries from different manufacturers. At the same time it is worth mentioning that it might take about 10 years before the EV charger hits the market.

[via NY Daily News]

ESFLOW – Nissan’s New Electric Sports Car to Be Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show

February 10th, 2011

Next month visitors of the Geneva Auto Show will be able to witness the presentation of Nissan’s new eco-friendly vehicle.

The sporty electric car from the Japanese car manufacturer is called ESFLOW and it boasts a lightweight aluminum chassis.

In addition, the car features a laminated lithium-ion battery, which can today be found in 2011 Nissan LEAF. » Read more: ESFLOW – Nissan’s New Electric Sports Car to Be Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show

Top 10 Best Hybrid Cars

October 28th, 2010

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The main feature of this hybrid vehicle is fuel efficiency that is obtained with relatively little performance sacrifice.

The heart of 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid is Ford’s 2.5-liter Hybrid Powersplit drivetrain, a combination of a 156hp 2.5-liter, Atkinson cycle gasoline motor and a 106hp AC electric engine.

Being a parallel hybrid, this car can run on electric power, gasoline power of a fusion of the two. It is able to show an average fuel economy of 41 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway.

» Read more: Top 10 Best Hybrid Cars

Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles

October 25th, 2010

2010 Tesla Roadster

Made by Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley-based car-maker, the Tesla Roadster was for the first time presented as a prototype in July of 2006. Two years later the company announced that it will start a mass production of the vehicle. The Roadster became the world’s first all-electric, mass-produced sports vehicle.

One of the most impressive features of the car is the range. As one of the best electric vehicles the Tesla Roadster boasts a range of 220 miles on a single charge.

The 288hp engine allows the electric vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed to 125mph. The expected battery life is 7 years or 100,000 miles. Other interesting features include carbon fiber body and LED tail lights.

» Read more: Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles

Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto to Launch Eco-Friendly $3,000 Vehicle

July 13th, 2010

Having the goal of creating a cost-friendly energy-efficient vehicle, the Renault-Nissan Alliance teamed up with India’s Bajaj Auto and managed to come up with a car called ULC.

The new, compact, eco-friendly vehicle costs just $3,000 and it is able to reach an inspiring 70mpg.

It is worth mentioning that Bajaj Auto is the second-largest bike producer in India and the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been cooperating with the Indian company for about 2 years. » Read more: Renault-Nissan and Bajaj Auto to Launch Eco-Friendly $3,000 Vehicle

Epyon Presents Ultra-Fast Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

May 13th, 2010

Nissan is currently promoting its new LEAF electric vehicle in the Netherlands. At the same time Epyon decided to present its fast charging station for electric cars – the station was dubbed TERRA.

The company claims that the charging station is able to recharge Nissan LEAF up to 80 percent in just about 30 minutes.

If the claims are true, then the charger will prove to be extremely useful for electric car drivers, especially considering that the LEAF can travel 160 kilometers on full charge and that in average a person drives less than 100 kilometers a day. » Read more: Epyon Presents Ultra-Fast Charging Station for Electric Vehicles