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2010 Infiniti G37 Hybrid Sedan  (Source: AutoblogGreen)

Nissan EV-02  (Source: AutoblogGreen)
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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VW still has edge... I think
By Logica on 8/6/2008 8:20:38 PM , Rating: 2
It's all very well for the likes of Toyota, Honda and now Nissan promoting hybrid electric cars. But I think VW has really hit this one on square on the head. The announcement of the VW "one litre" eco car is a super efficient diesel engine car that can do 282mpg (yes, that's 282 and not a typo). It's the so-called "one litre" for being able to do 100km per litre. It would be interesting to see how well VW's eco car is recieved.




By SuckRaven on 8/6/2008 10:12:59 PM , Rating: 2
Scion xB anyone? Is it just me or does it look damn near identical?


RE: VW still has edge... I think
By Nik00117 on 8/10/2008 3:41:25 AM , Rating: 1
I bet I know EXACTLY how VW hit 282 MPG. First off they cut off all unneccesary weight, even worrying about ounces and not just LBs. Second off they designed a really freaking amazinly diesel, more so then what they already got. Thirldy they tosed in a hybird engine. Thats 282 MPG.

Ladies and gents, American cars are BEHIND. I would love to tell a customer that their ford focus can get 282 MPG. Shit even 35 nowadays ain't jack. Considering I was looking at VWs in the early 2000s breaking the 50s.


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