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by George Skentzos

Nissan has revealed the first official details surrounding its new all-electric car which will go on sale in the US and Japan from 2010.

Showcasing its sophisticated EV-IT platform on a Tiida-based prototype, the new vehicle promises the benefits of constant zero-emissions driving with up to 160km of range.

The dedicated EV platform uses a highly rigid body, high-performance motor and compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity, which will offer a totally quiet driving experience – a unique feature of a fully-electric drivetrain.

This electric motor has been specifically developed in-house and delivers peak power of 80kW and 280Nm, coupled with Nissan’s unique motor control for seamless acceleration.

The 24kWh laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack has been located under the vehicle floor to not only optimise cabin space but also allow smoother underfloor air-flow which helps reduce drag.

A regenerative brake system has been employed to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking, making a significant contribution to the 160km-plus driving range under full charge.

The vehicle also includes a raft of technology features which aim to eliminate the drawbacks of zero-emissions driving such as a simple system which with considers the navigation map to determine whether the destination is within range under the current state of charge.

Nissan plans to unveil the all-new design of the production EV at its new Global Headquarters Opening in Yokohama on August 2nd




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