Nissan is already dominating the electric car market with its Nissan Leaf, but they are about to take their sustainably powered agenda to the next level with a new strategy. According to the Japanese car maker, within the next four years, Nissan will release a brand new hydrogen-powered vehicle.
The news was announced in Japan where Nissan showed off its next-generation fuel cell stack, saying that the hydrogen cell currently has the world’s best power density for its size. Compared to their 2005 model, Nissan said that the new hydrogen fuel cell has 250% more storage capacity, in addition to being lighter and smaller than the current version. For those that are interested, the current hydrogen fuel cell is 265lbs, whereas the new model is only 90lbs.
So how else does this hydrogen fuel cell differ from existing models? Nissan states that this third-generation fuel cell stack uses an improved Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) that reduces the size by 50%. It also uses much less platinum which reduces the cost to 1/6 of what it previously was. This means that in the future, your average car driver will be able to afford them.
However, cost is still the main issue — particularly as the price tag for producing a hydrogen cell is around $50,000. But Nissan is confident that they could still reduce this price while increasing the storage even further. The release of a Nissan hydrogen-powered car is currently rumored to cost $128,000, but it is hoped that this will fall dramatically over the next four years.
Coupled with the Leaf, it seems Nissan is pulling out all the stops to sell 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2016. Now it is up to the US to make sure a hydrogen-powered infrastructure is in place to support them.
Via Green AutoBlog