Nissan Motor Company unveiled its initial concept for a fuel cell-powered electric Xterra sport utility vehicle during the opening ceremony of the California Fuel Cell Partnership headquarters in West Sacramento on November 2, 2000.
Using a larger vehicle such as the Xterra could lead to a higher level of fuel consumption, but Nissan are confident that the level of Carbon Monoxide emissions will be significantly reduced compared to smaller vehicles utilising an internal combustion engine.
Nissan has been developing fuel cell technology since the 1970’s and began test drives in May 1999, of an FCV equipped with a methanol reformer to generate hydrogen from methanol as the fuel.
The Xterra-FCV adopts Nissan’s original management system, which includes energy, thermal, and water management systems.
These management systems are based on Nissans long history of fuel cell technology development as well as actual driving tests of the methanol-FCV.
The Xterra-FCV is said to adopt a high-efficiency neodymium magnet synchronous traction motor combined with a compact and high performance lithium-ion battery.
Nissan joined the CaFCP in March 2000 and plans to begin fleet testing of the Xterra-FCV under the partnership in 2001.
The partnership is a voluntary effort to advance a new automobile technology that could move the world toward practical and affordable environmental solutions.
By demonstrating fuel cell-powered electric vehicles under real day-to-day driving conditions, the partnership will focus on raising consumer awareness and explore the path to commercialisation of fuel cell technology.
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