Nissan Academic Day

The Japanese automaker together with H2Roma will meet the scientific community and show the most advanced fuel cell vehicles

Fotogallery Two years after the launch of the Nissan Green Program 2010, the Japanese automaker has managed to showcase its most advanced vehicles designed to reduce pollution and help solve the environmental impact. Actually the Nissan Academic Day was also an opportunity for the company to supply its roadmap to the future: hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered cars. The gorgeous-looking setting of Villa Botta at Pavia was the venue of an unprecedented event organized in cooperation with H2Roma: the first Nissan Academic Day, which has seen the representatives of the car industry, independent research and media, all involved in outlining a pathway towards the zero emission car.

Two hydrogen-fuelled Nissan X-Trail FCV, similar to the ones adopted by the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan for its service fleet, were presented and test-driven by researchers from major Italian universities and Polytechnics: Rome Sapienza University, Milan Polytechnic, Modena and Reggio Emilia University, Rome Tor Vergata University, Palermo University.

Other actors concerned with sustainable mobility were involved in the debate such as institutions (Lombardy and Piedmont Regions) and companies like Air Liquide which supplied the hydrogen for the two X-Trail. After that Nissan illustrated the FCV technologies and finally a conference was held whose theme was “Hydrogen as alternative fuel: Italian research studies on technologies and infrastructures for the implementation of projects on the matter”. The conference was then followed by a debate with the public and the media. The partnership between Nissan and H2Roma, though, does not end with this event, and that was underlined by Giuseppe George Alesci, public relation manager of Nissan Italia. In his opening speech at the Nissan Academic Day he announced that the company will attend the H2Roma Energy and Mobility Show 2008 which will take place on 6th, 7th and 8th November and said: “Nissan will take part in the event with new interesting zero-emissiondevelopments.”

The technologies used for the X-Trail FC are really advanced: for example the 70 MPa hydrogen tank enables the car to have a 500 km range while the fuel cell pack is 40% smaller and 50% lighter. Then, unlike the previous version, the electric motor’ output has been enhanced by 1.5 times and now the motor is powered either by the fuel cells themselves or by the li-ion batteries, thus making the X-Trail FCV a fully hybrid vehicle. Besides, the latest generation li-ion battery is made by a joint-venture company, called AESC (Automotive Energy Supply Corporation), set up by Nissan in cooperation with NEC and NEC Tokin.

The car’s range, acceleration (0-100 in 14 seconds) and safety are more or less the same as the ones of a conventional engine, but the differences are remarkable.

It is worth being pointed out that in the Tokyo area a project for hydrogen-powered vehicles has just been launched and its target is the implementation of 10 filling stations. Nissan, that is partner in the project, has also obtained a certification of its X_Trail FC from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructures and Transport.

Actually, the X-Trail FC fleets have been involved in many events or development projects concerning fuel cell-powered vehicles, for example in California where it took part in the Los Angeles-San Diego rally or in Shangai (Challenge Bibendum) , but mainly in Japan.

The car will be available on the market once its ignition-stalling system is improved. A sore point is, instead, represented by its high price, which, though, could become reasonable by reducing the car’s weight, using less expensive innovative materials for the components and making the systems simpler.

The technical solutions are likely to be found by 2010, while lowering the costs will not occur before 2015, indeed, from that date onwards these cars will be more affordable.

Here is the translation of the video speech of George Alesci, communication manager of Nissan Italia : "The five year long plan by Nissan will end up in 2012 and provides a wide range of alternative sources of energy. So we are ready even in Italy to show the company's commitment to sustainable mobility. And because this commitment has established worldwide, we'll attend at H2Roma energy&mobility show 2008 with exclusive news for the italian and roman public".



Author: GIUSEPPE GANDOLFI

 

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