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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

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Nissan [1] just unveiled its new Terra Concept – a fuel cell [2]-powered SUV that will have its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show [3] 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.

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The front wheels of the Terra concept are powered by the same electric propulsion system as the Nissan LEAF [4]. Each back wheel is fitted with an in-wheel electric motor based on prototypes featured in three successive PIVO concepts [5].

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 [1] 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 [6] 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 [7] electric powertrain signals that Nissan [1] is ready to mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles if hydrogen fuel stations become widely available.

+ Nissan [1]


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[1] Nissan: http://www.nissanusa.com

[2] fuel cell: http://inhabitat.com/tag/fuel-cell/

[3] 2012 Paris Motor Show: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=2012+paris+motor+show

[4] Nissan LEAF: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=nissan+leaf

[5] PIVO concepts: http://inhabitat.com/nissans-newly-unveiled-self-parking-pivo3-ev-could-soon-be-put-into-production/

[6] zero-emissions: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=zero-emissions

[7] fuel cell: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=fuel+cell

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