Nissan Demonstrates New Electric Vehicle Platform, Sales to Start in 2010

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Nissan has released new details on its forthcoming dedicated all-electric vehicle that is slated to go on sale in the U.S. and Japan in 2010, with Europe following in 2011. Even though the Japanese firm demonstrated its all-new EV platform on a Tiida-based prototype, Nissan said that it plans to unveil the design of the production EV that will have 'a unique body and design' at its new Global Headquarters Opening in Yokohama next weekend on August 2nd.

According to Nissan, the dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body and an fully-electric drivetrain that consists of an in-house developed electric motor that delivers 80kW (107.3 HP) and 280Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque, and a 24kWh laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack that is placed under the vehicle floor for more efficient packaging, without compromising cabin or cargo space.

Additionally, the EV will feature a regenerative brake system to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking. Nissan claims that the system can help extend the driving range to more than 160km or about 260 miles under a full charge.

The Japanese automaker also showcased a new EV-IT system that connects the vehicle's on-board transmitting unit to a global data centre to support EV driving 24 hours 7 days a week. The system informs the driver on the vehicle's maximum range and the closest charging stations through the navigation system while there's also a timer function that enables the air-conditioner or battery charging to begin at a specified time. Furthermore, The driver can monitor the state-of-charge of the EV via an online website and a cellular phone.