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Nissan’s New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Terra SUV Takes Green Transportation Off-Road
Posted By Marc Carter On September 12, 2012 @ 2:29 pm In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation | No Comments
Nissan  just unveiled its new Terra Concept – a fuel cell -powered SUV that will have its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show  on September 27th. The Terra SUV concept is described as a zero emissions, zero limits SUV that takes sustainability off-road with its all-wheel-drive hydrogen-electric powertrain.
The front wheels of the Terra concept are powered by the same electric propulsion system as the Nissan LEAF . Each back wheel is fitted with an in-wheel electric motor based on prototypes featured in three successive PIVO concepts .
The motors are powered by Nissan’s proprietary hydrogen fuel cell stack – a flat, highly compact unit with a power density of 2.5kW/L. Nissan  claims that the fuel cell stack costs just one-sixth of its 2005 predecessor, as the need for expensive precious metals has been slashed to one-quarter of the previous level.
The Terra concept It features all of the typical SUV characteristics with its big tires, high belt-line and thick pillars, but inside the concept features a warm and welcoming interior with its blond wood trim. “Our challenge was to take Nissan’s strength in SUVs and crossovers forward into the zero-emissions  era, fuel cells being our new frontier in zero emission mobility” said Francois Bancon, Nissan’s division general manager of product strategy and planning.
Although the Terra concept is largely a design concept, its fuel cell  electric powertrain signals that Nissan  is ready to mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles if hydrogen fuel stations become widely available.
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