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2010 Infiniti G37 Hybrid Sedan  (Source: AutoblogGreen)

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Nissan hybrid vehicle prototype uses rear-wheel drive

Nissan pulled the wraps off a pair of prototype vehicles today – one is an all-electric and one a hybrid. Both of the vehicles take advantage of new lithium-ion batteries that Nissan and NEC jointly developed. The two vehicles were developed under the NISSAN GT 2012 business plan.

The advanced lithium-ion batteries used in the prototype vehicles feature a compact, laminated configuration that delivers twice the electrical power when compared to traditional cylindrical configurations. Nissan says that the compact design of the batteries allows for improved vehicle packaging and a wider range of applications when compared to traditional batteries.

The full electric vehicle uses the advanced batteries along with a newly developed 80kW motor and inverter. Nissan says the electric vehicle uses a front-wheel drive configuration and that the advanced laminated batteries are installed under the floor of the vehicle. The laminated design of the batteries means that the vehicles interior and storage space are not sacrificed to battery storage. Nissan says that the full electric vehicle will go into production in 2010 and will feature a new and unique body style not based on existing Nissan vehicles.

Nissan's prototype hybrid electric vehicle introduces a pair of new technologies Nissan says are breakthroughs -- a high-performance rear-wheel drive system and a parallel-powertrain hybrid system. Nissan says that both the hybrid technology and the rear-wheel drive are original designs -- in this case, the system is placed within a 2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan.

Nissan's parallel-powertrain system connects one motor directly to an engine and transmission via two clutches. This layout allows the vehicle to switch between the dual clutches to optimize and conserve energy utilization and improve fuel-efficiency. Nissan says its parallel-powertrain eliminates the need for typical torque converters and contributes to higher responsiveness and linear acceleration.

Nissan describes the action of the hybrid system as:

  • Idle-stop: The battery is used to power the motor to save on fuel.
  • Regular driving: The engine is used to power the motor as well as regenerate the battery.
  • Acceleration: Both the engine and battery (power assist) is used to power the motor to achieve smooth acceleration.
  • Deceleration: Energy from braking is conserved and re-routed back to regenerate the battery.

Nissan isn’t alone in introducing new hybrid vehicles. Yesterday DailyTech reported that Honda was bringing the Insight back to the U.S. as a 2010 model for an MSRP of $18,500. The Insight is rumored to get over 70 miles per gallon.

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By an0dize on 8/6/2008 4:26:30 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder.. Does it Ship with those obnoxious "HYBRID" decals all over?

RE: Decals
By Quiescent on 8/6/2008 4:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, you do know that every decal adds like 5-20 horse power per, right? It adds better aerodynamics to the car! Makes your car faster.

(End Joke)

RE: Decals
By Tiamat on 8/6/2008 5:26:10 PM , Rating: 3
The Hybrid decals grant 5-20 mpg not hp. DUH!!! :p

RE: Decals
By MegaHustler on 8/6/2008 7:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
Precisely. Everyone knows only the red ones go faster. If you bought another color, you can however tune it by adding aftermarket racing stripes...

RE: Decals
By djc208 on 8/7/2008 8:40:16 AM , Rating: 2
How else is everyone supposed to know that they're superior to all us non-hybrid driving vehicle owners out there. What's the point of spending all that money to be "green" if no one recognizes your sacrifice for the planet?

Besides, keeps the cops from pulling them over in the HOV lanes.

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