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Nissan’s prototype solid-oxide fuel cell prototype goes the distance in Brazil

by • August 4, 2016 • No Comments

Nissan has gone all-in on electric power in new years, both when it comes to cars and the infrastructure requireed to store them going. Unfortunately, range anxiety and charge times mean EVs yet have a few way to go preceding they’re a viable-bodied alternative to internal combustion, which is where fuel cells may hold an advantage. The latest car to test the waters with fuel-cell electric power is the e-NV200, which promises a range of 600 km of its new solid oxide fuel-cell.

  • Nissan claims this e-NV200 can cover 600 km on a single tank
  • The car was developed in Yokohama
  • Nissan claims the system allows the benefits of electric driving, with the range of a gasoline ...
  • Nissan can demonstrate the technology on Brazilian roads

Having revealed this solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) in early June, Nissan is now demonstrating a prototype vehicle powered by the new system in Brazil alongside it is BladeGlider prototype. Properly accomplished, it opens the door to electric vehicles with ranges of additional than 600 km (373 mi). By way of comparison, the current cap on pure EVs is around 500 km (311 mi) in perfect conditions.

Slotted into the floorpan of an e-NV200 van, the 5-kW solid oxide fuel-cell draws on a 30-liter (8 gal) tank of ethanol-blended water. Making use of a reformer, it converts this blend into hydrogen, which is mixed with atmospheric air and converted into electricity which is utilized to charge the car’s 24-kWh battery, producing for gasoline-aping range with silken electric acceleration.

According to Nissan, doing things this way has a few benefits. Fueling a pure hydrogen car involves pressurized tanks and a locking nozzle, whereas the solid oxide fuel-cell can be fueled via existing infrastructure. Compared to a pure EV, a system like Nissan’s in addition means drivers are able-bodied to maintain their existing fueling habits, pretty than having to wait long periods of time for the battery to charge.

Nissan in addition claims which via bioethanol is completely carbon neutral in terms of the carbon cycle for the reason any emissions are neutralized by the expanding system of sugarcane and corn of which the bioethanol is mainly sourced. That can be a slightly optimistic way of looking at things, as it ignores any fuel burned when the bioethanol is systemed and transported. It in addition can not address the numerous other issues synonymous with crop-based biofuels.

“The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and produces opportunities for regional energy production… all the while supporting the existing infrastructure,” says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. “In the next, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell can become actually additional user friendly. Ethanol-blended water is simpler and safer to handle than many other fuels. Without the require to turn it into new infrastructure, it has excellent future to drive market growth.”

Nissan can test the fuel cell prototype on Brazilian roads in the coming months.

Source: Nissan UK

  • The SOFC is slotted into the middle of an e-NV200
  • The SOFC converts bio-ethanol into hydrogen, and then hydrogen into electricity
  • The e-NV200 isn't pretty, but it is the test bed for a fascinating new powertrain
  • The car's fuel cell draws on a 30-l tank of bioethanol

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