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Nissan sees a big future in electric batteries

Nissan hopes to accelerate the production of electric batteries even without government support, offering a timeline of three years before the cost-cutting effort showed results noticeable to auto buyers.

However, Nissan and Renault plan to offer its new electric battery technology in countries that have state subsidies available for consumers.

"We have the loans, we have the agreements with different governments and we are engaging 500,000 batteries," according to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.  "I will not sell an electric car that is 25 percent more expensive than a gasoline powered one."

Although Nissan would like to reach the 500K platform, it's unknown when the company expects to be able to do so.

In the future, technological improvements and better agreements with governments will allow the electric batteries to become available for a lower price.  Nissan hopes to become the leader in electric vehicles, planning to launch battery-run cars in the next three years.  The Japanese automaker will release its Leaf battery-powered vehicle sometime next year in the United States, Japan and parts of Europe.

Until the electric battery market matures, Nissan hopes to price Leaf towards compact gas-powered vehicles, according to press reports.  If the price of gasoline remains high over the coming quarters, according to Nissan, the demand for electric vehicles could greatly increase as consumers look for more environmentally friendly cars.

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How do...
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 11/3/2009 8:20:53 AM , Rating: 1
How do electric batteries differ from other batteries in that they need the qualifier "electric?" Aren't batteries by definition electrochemical?

RE: How do...
By chick0n on 11/3/2009 8:27:16 AM , Rating: 1
because it requires a lot of shielding and better material.

Car battery will see extreme heat/cold weather. shakes a lot, and they need to make sure it wont explode when something hit it.

RE: How do...
By menace on 11/3/2009 9:32:43 AM , Rating: 3
Huh? Did you even bother to read what he wrote?

RE: How do...
By namechamps on 11/3/2009 10:42:14 AM , Rating: 2
Read his post again and then facepalm yourself.

RE: How do...
By menace on 11/3/2009 9:34:02 AM , Rating: 2
I guess a battery can be a line of cannons...

RE: How do...
By menace on 11/3/2009 9:35:24 AM , Rating: 2
... or beating up your girlfriend

RE: How do...
By drycrust on 11/3/2009 12:33:15 PM , Rating: 3
... or a place where you keep bats.

RE: How do...
By CannedTurkey on 11/3/2009 9:41:45 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if the definition has been extended, or if it can refer to anything that stores energy, but the use of molten salt in concentrated solar power setups have been referred to as batteries as well.

RE: How do...
By amanojaku on 11/3/2009 12:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
That was a mistake, as you pointed out all batteries are "electric". This is just a shortening of "electric car batteries", as in "batteries that do more than turn on the lights, radio and ignition". An electric car battery is a traction battery, while traditional cars use SLI batteries.

RE: How do...
By drycrust on 11/3/2009 1:16:14 PM , Rating: 2
electric car battery is a traction battery

I guess since this is a new technology, or to the public it is at least, there will be times when people use the incorrect terminology. To call it an "electric battery" has a completely different connotation from a "traction battery" (the correct term), or even an "electric car battery". The former not only seems to suggest the writer is unfamiliar with batteries, but also encourages others to use the wrong term, while both of the latter emphasis this battery is designed to provide considerably more power than the normal SLI (Starting, Lights, Ignition) type battery. If the correct term had been used, then many people, myself included, would have been taught something, instead the writer and editor have been ridiculed instead of being praised.

Here is the link showing "traction battery" is the correct term to use, although if I was writing for the general public I would have included "an electric-car battery" in brackets explain the term:

Strictly speaking, this isn't a "new technology", it is in fact older than then petrol engine. The world's first land speed record was done in an electric car, although I don't know if it did the 1 mile run in both directions within one hour.

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