• Nissan's Latest Green Technologies on Show in Brazil

    Nissan's Latest Green Technologies on Show in Brazil

    Nissan has unveiled, in Rio de Janeiro, their most recent prototypes meant to be a display both of design and of innovation.

    Nissan has unveiled, in Rio de Janeiro, their most recent prototypes meant to be a display both of design and of innovation.

    The future looks bright and green for Nissan that has furthered its investment in electric technology, but also in the realms of ethanol and fuel cells. The context of this reveal is perfect: the 2016 Rio Games have just kick-started with a strong environmental message. Brazil is the place to be for everything green at the moment!

    BladeGlider: Gliding the EV Wave

    The first peak we got of the BladeGlider came at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. It then took the stage at the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. People either loved the boldness of the concept or hated it, but the design was only one of the themes of the prototype. Its electric powertrain was to be the real conversation piece. The BladeGlider has been designed to offer high-performance and zero emissions.

    With its open-cockpit, race-car look, the concept has finally been put to the test. New this year is the road-ready prototype. It is powered by five, 220 kWh lithium-ion battery packs, teamed with three torque vectoring modes that allow the BladeGlider to reach a speed of 190 km/h and to offer stimulating driving dynamics.

    The model benefits greatly from Nissan’s many years of experience in EVs. The manufacturer is, after all, the maker of the top-selling electric vehicle in the world, the Leaf. The concept is also the first step Nissan will be taking into the realm of intelligent mobility, a concept an increasing number of automakers are embracing. This includes self-driving technology, and Nissan is hoping to apply these smart mobility technologies for their upcoming generation of vehicles.

    Bio-Ethanol and Fuel Cell

    Electric vehicles are a specialty of Nissan’s. They are, however exploring new ways of reducing emissions, or eliminating them altogether. That is the intention behind the e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype. Based on the e-NV200 electric van, the e-Bio is powered by an ethanol fuel-cell.

    According to Nissan CEO and President Carlos Ghosn, ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to work with than many other fuels. And because there would be no need to create new infrastructures, there is a great potential for growth.

    Infrastructures are existent and the technology is already well known. In this case however, the ethanol is used to power an electric powertrain. The result is a vehicle capable of a 600-kilometer range emitting carbon-neutral emissions. It offers all the benefits of a gas engine without the polluting emissions.

    Nissan’s knowledge of green technologies cannot be denied. The proof is in our showroom at Morrey Nissan in Coquitlam: the Nissan Leaf is the most popular EV on the market and it is only a beginning! If this is only the start, we hope you are as excited as we are to see what follows.

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