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Nissan unveils solid oxide fuel cell vehicle.

Nissan has revealed what it claims to be the world's first solid oxide fuel cell-powered prototype vehicle in Brazil that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

The prototype model, an all-new light-commercial vehicle, can rely on multiple fuels, including ethanol and natural gas, to produce high-efficiency electricity as a power source.

Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: "The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production... all the while supporting the existing infrastructure.

"In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth."

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The e-Bio Fuel-Cell prototype vehicle runs on 100 per cent ethanol to charge a 24kWh battery which enables a cruising range of more than 600km. Nissan will conduct further field tests on public roads in Brazil using the prototype.

Bio-ethanol fuels are mainly sourced from sugarcane and corn. In the future, people may only need to stop by small retail stores to purchase fuel from off the shelf.

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Title Annotation:WORLD OF TEST
Publication:Environmental Engineering
Date:Aug 1, 2016
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