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Next Nissan Leaf On Hold Because Of This?

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The EV market is expanding further with as carmakers race with each other to offer 200 miles of driving range with their respective EV cars. For Nissan, they have been sluggish when it comes to updating the Leaf but there could be a reason for it.

Earlier today, Nissan shared that they are researching and developing Solid Oxide Fuel Cell. Nissan is the only carmaker that is venturing into this new green energy system and it is one that is powered by bio-ethanol.

Nissan revealed that bio-ethanol is much safer and cleaner to use when compared to gasoline, diesel, pure hydrogen and even electricity. This is because bio-ethanol fuel is sourced from sugarcanes and corns. A generator inside the car is used to convert bio-ethanol into hydrogen, which will then be turned to electricity that will power the car.

With such a setup, Nissan will be able to eliminate the need for charging an EV car at home or the need to have a hydrogen powerplant. It is unsure when the research will bear any fruit but if Nissan is reluctant to produce the next-gen Leaf, it could be because of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell.

2 Comments

  1. Ivana Kuddle

    June 16, 2016 at 12:06 am

    No need to hold up production for this, it can be a stand-alone add-on product, since it is designed to charge the batteries all you would need is to figure out where to put it and run wires from there to the charge controller circuit.

  2. Alex b

    June 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Not likely. More likely a better battery.