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Nissan goes green at Rio Olympics

IN Rio de Janeiro, ahead of the Summer Olympics, Nissan unveiled two prototype green cars to demonstrate its own challenger spirit.

BladeGlider, developed from a concept car in 2013 into a full-fledged working model for demonstration rides during the Games, represents Nissan’s vision of an agile and efficient electric car. It promises fun and a free-soaring experience.

An advanced chassis configuration with a narrow front track and wider rear track contributes to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. That is underscored by the absence of door-mounted mirrors, whose function has been replaced by rear-view cameras mounted behind the front wheels, with screens streaming live feeds into the cabin.

With an open roof reinforced by an integrated roll-over protection structure, the car promises the safety of a coupe as well as the exhilaration of an open race car. Its power, 200 kilowatts at maximum speed, comes from a pair of 130-kilowatt electric motors, each propelling a rear wheel relying on a high-performance 220kWh battery.

It’s a lithium-ion battery technology that developed its track record with the Nissan LEAF, the world’s highest-volume all-electric car.

“Only with radical thinking, could we achieve such dramatic emission cuts,” said Philippe Klein, chief planning officer at Nissan, referring to the company’s disinterest in developing half-way solutions like hybrids, though they currently sell better.

Zero emissions can be a multi-dimensional vision. In Rio, Nissan also unveiled the world’s first solid oxide fuel-cell-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power and boasts of up to 600-kilometer mileage.

“In the future, the e-bio fuel-cell will become even more user-friendly,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. “Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.”


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