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Nissan Electric Car Debuts with Lithium-Ion Battery

The new electric car from Nissan will be available in the United States in 2010 and will use a rear wheel powertrain that will deliver twice the power as conventional nickel-metal batteries. Nissan said in a statement that, “Under the NISSAN GT 2012 business plan, the company has committed to zero-emission vehicle leadership, and has announced plans to introduce an all-electric vehicle in 2010 and mass market globally in 2012. The advanced laminated compact lithium-ion batteries are installed under the floor, without sacrificing either cabin or cargo space. The production vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique body-style and is not based on any existing Nissan model. “The parallel-power train system comprises an energy-optimizing system with two clutches, where one motor is directly connected to an engine and transmission via two separate clutches. Under changing driving conditions, the motor switches between the two clutches to optimize and conserve energy utilization as well as improve fuel-efficiency.” The battery will automatically turn on if the car is idle and then shut off the motor in an effort to save fuel.

Nissan Electric Car Debuts with Lithium-Ion Battery

The new electric car from Nissan will be available in the United States in 2010 and will use a rear wheel powertrain that will deliver twice the power as conventional nickel-metal batteries. Nissan said in a statement that, “Under the NISSAN GT 2012 business plan, the company has committed to zero-emission vehicle leadership, and has announced plans to introduce an all-electric vehicle in 2010 and mass market globally in 2012. The advanced laminated compact lithium-ion batteries are installed under the floor, without sacrificing either cabin or cargo space. The production vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique body-style and is not based on any existing Nissan model. "The parallel-power train system comprises an energy-optimizing system with two clutches, where one motor is directly connected to an engine and transmission via two separate clutches. Under changing driving conditions, the motor switches between the two clutches to optimize and conserve energy utilization as well as improve fuel-efficiency.” The battery will automatically turn on if the car is idle and then shut off the motor in an effort to save fuel.

2009 Saturn Vue Used to Showcase Future Green Powertrain Solutions in EcoCAR Challenge

Nearly 200 future engineers from 17 universities are getting an opportunity to show their talents and knowledge in developing a next generation propulsion system for the EcoCAR challenge. The competition is a three-year engineering competition headlined by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. Each team will focus on the execution of an alternatively powered powertrain system while maintaining the performance, safety, and consumer appeal of their 2009 Saturn Vue crossover. Each Vue will have the following common characteristics:

 

•Plug-in capability

•Lithium-ion battery technology

•Use of a renewable energy source

•Vehicle must retain the safety and real-world performance characteristics of the Saturn Vue

 

Each team has revealed their architectures of choice for their Vue crossovers. There are four different types which are: Extended Range Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Full Function Electric Vehicle, and Fuel Cell Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

2009 Saturn Vue Used to Showcase Future Green Powertrain Solutions in EcoCAR Challenge

Nearly 200 future engineers from 17 universities are getting an opportunity to show their talents and knowledge in developing a next generation propulsion system for the EcoCAR challenge. The competition is a three-year engineering competition headlined by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. Each team will focus on the execution of an alternatively powered powertrain system while maintaining the performance, safety, and consumer appeal of their 2009 Saturn Vue crossover. Each Vue will have the following common characteristics:

 

•Plug-in capability

•Lithium-ion battery technology

•Use of a renewable energy source

•Vehicle must retain the safety and real-world performance characteristics of the Saturn Vue

 

Each team has revealed their architectures of choice for their Vue crossovers. There are four different types which are: Extended Range Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Full Function Electric Vehicle, and Fuel Cell Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

DOE Takes delivery of hydrogen-powered Chevrolet

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has taken delivery of a Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell electric vehicle. The vehicle is part of Chevrolet’s “Project Driveway“, a test helping to bring fuel cell electric vehicles to market. For the next six months DOE employees will use the Equinox in everyday situations and will share the performance data. Chevrolet Marketing director, Cheryl Catton, said “We’re pleased to have the DOE join in this important endeavour to speed advanced technologies to consumers. The DOE’s participation illustrates the value of the industry and government working together to provide solutions to our nation’s energy issues. The findings from all of our Project Driveway partcipants will help us define our product and market introduction plans for fuel cell electric vehicles.”

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