Promoting hybrid vehicles worldwide
The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid
Hybrid vehicles, which run on a combination of a gasoline-powered engine and an electric motor, may allow improvement of fuel efficiency and considerable reductions in CO2 emissions. Nissan has developed a unique hybrid system using a high-output lithium-ion battery together with a single motor for both drive and regeneration, as well as an Intelligent Dual Clutch Control system in which two clutches are linked in parallel, one to the motor and one directly to the engine and transmission. The system was used for the Fuga Hybrid in 2010, Infiniti M Hybrid in 2011 and the Cima in 2012. These hybrid vehicles deliver both fuel efficiency and powerful responsiveness.
Nissan is also working on a hybrid system for front-wheel-drive vehicles. The single-motor, dual-clutch system now used in rear-wheel drive vehicles will be incorporated into a next-generation Xtronic CVT, achieving a compact and versatile arrangement that can be featured in a wide range of vehicles. We will release new hybrid vehicles with this system onboard globally from 2013, beginning with the North American market.
Launch of the Serena S-HYBRID
Nissan launched the Serena S-HYBRID*1 in August 2012. The S-HYBRID powertrain equipped in the Serena is a simple and compact hybrid system. It mounts an upgraded version of the ECO motor used in the existing Serena, and serves as an auxiliary motor to increase power output and power generation capabilities. The hybrid system also adds a sub battery for increased storage capacity, which fits in the current engine compartment. Mounting the entire hybrid system inside the existing engine space maintains the key features of the Serena, such as largest-in-class cabin and flexible seat configurations. Serena S-HYBRID achieves best-in-class*2 fuel economy (15.2km/L in JC08 mode on 2WD).
- *1: Stands for "smart" and "simple" hybrid.
- *2: Minivan refers to vehicles which are made in Japan with three rows of seats.
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Nissan introduces hybrid trucks in Japan
In Japan there is growing environmental consciousness among buyers of commercial vehicles. In response to their concerns, we introduced a more environmentally friendly truck, the NT450 Atlas Hybrid. The hybrid system equipped on the NT450 Atlas achieves eco-driving through highly-efficient engine combustion for improved fuel efficiency, and the power of the high-efficient motor built in DUONIC® transmission.*1 Furthermore, the idling stop system standard equipment achieves best-in-class fuel efficiency of 12.8km/l*2 and contributes to reduced CO2 emission.
- *1 The trademark of Daimler AG.
- *2 The maximum capacity of 2.0-4.0 ton class in Japan. As of October, 2012.
Development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (plug-in HEVs) have batteries that are recharged by means of household electrical outlets or other external power sources, and are capable of running on motors similar to those of electric vehicles. Nissan is engaged in research and development of plug-in HEVs with the objective of realizing the early popularization of vehicles engineered with high-performing environmental technologies.
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