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Nissan's BladeGlider sets electric pace at Olympics

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

Nissan's futuristic BladeGlider.
Nissan's futuristic BladeGlider.

This is Nissan's working prototype of its futuristic BladeGlider vehicle. And it is debuting at Rio. They say it combines 'zero-emissions with high-performance' in sports car design.

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Developed from concepts shown at Tokyo in 2013, two cars are going on display - but only one will ferry people around Rio.

Front track is wider than the rear for handling stability. There are high-waisted, rear-hinged doors and the open roof has an integrated roll-over structure.

Either side of the central display two screens relay images from rear-view cameras just behind the front wheels - an alternative to door-mounted mirrors and an aerodynamic improvement.

The driver sits slightly in front of the two passengers. Top speed is 190kmh+ (0-100kmh in under five secs).

Two motors drive the rear wheels. Power comes from a five-module lithium-ion 220kW battery.

Nissan is also using Brazil as the backdrop to what it claims is the world's first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

The new light-commercial vehicle can use several fuels, including ethanol and natural gas, to produce electricity.

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