Nissan Promises Big Car EVs For The Wide Open Roads

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
nissan promises big car evs for the wide open roads

America, land of wide open roads and big cars, listen up: On the sidelines of Nissan showing its new day care center at its Yokohama headquarters to reporters, Nissan’s COO Toshiyuki Shiga made a comment that should resonate well with American customers:

“Fuel-cell technology is suited for use in large vehicles and long-distance driving,” Shiga said, in answer to a reporter who asked whether Nissan’s new collaboration with Ford and Daimler on fuel cell technology would eat into Leaf sales. EVs are small vehicles for short range driving, and the laws of physics will try their level worst to keep it that way.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles, which are, for all practical purposes, EVs with a battery that is charged with hydrogen, already can last longer on a single tank than most gasoline-powered cars. They also can be filled-up just as fast as a gasoline-powered car. Limited range and charge times of many hours will keep BEVs in the small niche they are.

I went to Yokohama to take pictures of Shiga with cute Japanese babies on both arms. There were none, the kindergarten won’t open for business until April. It shall be ignored by TTAC until Nissan offers me a photo op for cute baby pictures.

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  • Econobiker Econobiker on Jan 30, 2013

    Strip a Nissan Leaf down for weight savings then tow a small gas powered electric generator trailer behind it for those in between fast charger wide open spaces... Problem solved.

    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jan 30, 2013

      If your 'small gas powered electric generator' was about 15 HP flat-out (maybe 10 kW), then you might be on to something. Because that's about the average energy consumption of a Leaf.

  • Ydnas7 Ydnas7 on Jan 31, 2013

    Range from US Range Tesla Model S-85 range 265 miles Honda FCX Clarity range 240 miles Tesla Model S-60 range 208 miles Mercedes-Benz F-Cell range 190 miles Today’s Tesla battery electric cars are faster, larger and generally longer range than their fuel cell counterparts. Even ignoring the profound power advantage of batteries vs fuel cell, until hydrogen tanks can store miles as cheaply as Li ion batteries can store miles, the fuel cells will remain uncompetitive. That may not be automotive orthodoxy, but its market reality. H2 pressure vessels also tend to have a legislated life of about 5 years.

  • ToolGuy "What really made the 1979-1985 Eldorado Biarritz distinctive was this stainless-steel roof panel"• It is not possible to manufacture automotive parts from stainless steel. It must be true because I read it on TTAC.Also, Debt is Amazing and never causes any problems, ever. (Also read this on TTAC)
  • Kcflyer How about, "Fancy VW"?
  • Kcflyer Would be very interested, despite the 4 banger, if not for the direct injection garbage.
  • Wayne back in 55 when I was 10 Grandpa started with 'back her out' of the garage, then on day he crawls into the passenger side and say's take her to the post office. teach them early as you can
  • 28-Cars-Later Another: How does Stellantis plan to leverage the EV experience of PSA and Opel (?) against the former FCA operation?