Friday 20 April 2018

Nissan's BladeGlider sets electric pace at Olympics

Nissan's futuristic BladeGlider.
Nissan's futuristic BladeGlider.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

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.

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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