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

Writer at OSV Ltd
Will Titterington is a freelance writer, video editor and all-round content creator based in Manchester, UK.

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Will Titterington
  • 15th June 2016

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