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Hybrid Car Review: Nissan Hybrid Plans

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Nissan Hybrid Plans

Despite Nissan being so cautious in its approach to hybrids, they still want to produce them in the future. In January, they will start selling the Nissan Altima hybrid (at a loss, no less) in limited terms. Only eight states will be offering the only hybrid offering from Nissan. And that is being built off of Toyota technology.

But, by 2010, Nissan is promising a hybrid based off their own technology, followed by a plug-in hybrid (no deadline on when that will come out). The Nissan hybrid technology will be based on lithium-ion batteries powering their electric powertrains.

According to their press release: "At Nissan we believe that in order to develop vehicles that are truly environmentally friendly, we need to make significant advances in internal combustion technology while working on electrical power sources in parallel," said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, Nissan Motor Company.

In the same paragraph, they are also promising the next generation fuel cell vehicle with its own in-house developed stack and a battery-powered electric vehicle. In other words, they have big plans over there at Nissan. Just don't expect them to be first with anything.

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