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Hybrid Car Review: Nissan Makes Their Diodes 20 Percent Lighter

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Nissan Makes Their Diodes 20 Percent Lighter

Nissan says they have developed a way to cut the size and weight of their electrical inverters by 20 percent. Which is extremely important to hybrid car (and electrical car) makers. Any time you cut back on size and weight, you improve the fuel economy of a car, and that's very important to the hybrid car consumers.

Inverters are an electrical or electro-mechanical device that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). They are used to convert the battery power to AC power for the electric motor.

The Nissan inverter has a new diode that is 15 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter. Diodes have two active electrodes between which the signal of interest may flow, and most are used for their unidirectional electric current property. They are used to regulate the current between the battery and the electric motor.

Nissan has big plans concerning hybrids and electric cars over the next few years.

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