Nissan To Make Cars Run On Plant-Based Fuel By 2020


Nissan will soon turn to biofuel in a bid to make its cars even more environmentally-friendly.

The automotive giant aims to release a new fleet of greener vehicles run exclusively on fuel that is derived entirely from plants, such as corn or sugar cane, by 2020.

The car firm says bio-ethanol will give their vehicles a cruising range that tops 370 miles. This will outstrip the Tesla Model S, which can only reach a maximum of 253 miles.

Moreover, no EV is yet to smash the 300-mile range barrier.

But How Will It Work?

The plan is for a reformer to transform a tank of ethanol into hydrogen, which will then be emptied into a fuel stack. Here, power will be generated.

Nissan claim that such cars will be easier to develop and sell than hydrogen-powers cars because they don’t rely on a hydrogen infrastructure.

Toyota is one automotive organisation that is working on hydrogen-powered cars, but a total lack of sound infrastructure will make it hard for them to shift a significant amount of units.

Nissan themselves still have plans to develop hydrogen cars, having signed to a partnership with Ford and Daimler in 2013 with the intention of working on a hydrogen fuel cell system.

Now, though, the Japanese brand say that biofuel makes more sense because there is already an existing infrastructure that will encourage adoption.

Will Titterington
  • 15th June 2016

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