Nissan’s First Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell Vehicle
Nissan Motor Co. revealed a revolutionary new prototype vehicle this week — the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle. The car runs on bio-ethanol electric power and can rely on multiple fuels in order to produce high-efficiency electricity, including ethanol and natural gas. Ideally, however, the car would run on renewable fuels sourced from corn or sugar cane.
The prototype vehicle runs on 100 percent ethanol, which charges a 24kWh battery, allowing the car to travel up to 600 kilometers (372 miles). However, before it will be made available on the market the company plans to do further road testing in Brazil.