Official: Nissan to Bring All-New Electric Car to Market Next Year

Nissan has just released information on its upcoming electric vehicle which will launch next year in both the U.S. and Japan. The most surprising bit of news is that the lithium-ion powered vehicle is based on an all-new platform and not one of the existing Nissan chassis.

The lithium-ion battery pack makes 80kW and 280Nm (that’s 107hp and 207 ft-lbs of torque) and will deliver “outstanding driving performance,” says Nissan.

Thanks to a regenerative braking system the car will be capable of 100 miles (160km) on a single charge.

But above and beyond the usual facts, Nissan will deliver plenty of new technological innovations in its EV. For starters, the car will come with a navigation system which will show how far the car is capable of traveling at its current state of charge. The map will also display charging stations. Owners will even be able to monitor their vehicle’s charging online or through their mobile phone.

At all times, the car will be tied in to Nissan’s global data center to provide support (should it be needed) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Today Nissan showcased the new EV (hidden under the body of a Nissan Versa) as a prototype. The production EV will officially be unveiled when Nissan opens its new global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan on August 2nd.

A Nissan Zero-emission Website will also go live on Aug. 2nd.

Official release after the jump:

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today previewed its electric vehicle (EV) platform on a Tiida-based prototype to demonstrate the superior driving pleasure of a pure zero-emission vehicle.  It also showcased a sophisticated EV-IT system developed to support electric driving 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

EV prototype based on the newly developed EV platform

Newly developed EV platform The dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity, delivering outstanding driving performance and safety, while offering a quiet and peaceful driving experience – a unique feature of a fully-electric drivetrain.

The in-house developed electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm for high response and powerful acceleration.  Nissan’s unique motor control also contributes to the vehicle’s seamless acceleration.

The 24kWh laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the vehicle floor for more efficient packaging, without compromising cabin or cargo space.  The battery layout also allows smooth underfloor air-flow which helps reduce drag.  Additionally, the regenerative brake system employed to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking extends the driving range to more than 160km*1 under a full charge.

High durability is achieved by employing an additional frame for the battery pack to significantly improve the rigidity of the platform.  The combination of a high rigidity platform and electric powertrain minimizes vibration and external sounds to produce a quiet and pleasing drive.

EV-IT support function Nissan has developed an sophisticated IT system for its zero-emission EVs, connecting the vehicle’s on-board transmitting unit to a global data center*2 to support EV driving 24 hours 7 days a week.

Usability and convenience for EV driving is achieved via the following:

Maximum range display •    With a simple touch of a button, the navigation map shows the driving radius within range under the current state of charge. •    The system can calculate if the vehicle is within range of a pre-set destination. Update on charging stations •    The navigation system points out the latest information on available charging stations within the current driving range. •    Detailed information for each charging station will also be displayed. Timer function •    The timer function enables the air-conditioner or battery charging to begin at a specified time.  The air-conditioner can be pre-set while the vehicle is plugged-in to cool the cabin to a desirable temperature before driving begins, without taxing the vehicle’s battery.  Meanwhile, the battery charging can be set to start at a specified time at night to benefit from more favorable electricity rates. EV remote control and monitoring function •    The driver can monitor the state-of-charge of the EV via an online website and a cellular phone.  For example, when the battery is fully charged, a message alert is sent to the cellular phone.  Additional remote control functions range from switching the charging system ON/OFF or setting the air-conditioner timer. To be a leader in zero-emission mobility, Nissan is progressing its development for electric vehicles and the key components.  The all-electric vehicle slated for launch in 2010 will have a unique design and body.  Nissan plans to unveil the design of the production EV at its new Global Headquarters Opening in Yokohama on August 2nd.  A Nissan Zero-emission Website ( will also go live on Aug. 2nd.

Nissan has been addressing a wide range of actions under “Blue Citizenship” which represents the company’s desire to protect the blue planet and to be a corporate citizen that can live symbiotically with people and society.  These efforts range from such global issues as the environmental protection to contribution to communities, promoting diversity and making personal mobility available to as many people as possible.  Nissan continues promoting the development of zero-emission vehicles based on the “Blue Citizenship” spirit by introducing effective technologies, products and services into the market.

*1: US LA4 mode. Actual range may vary depending on driving style and conditions. *2: Global data center: A globally common platform to provide identical telematics services via mobile network by connecting internet and vehicle IT system.

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