The Nissan e-Bio Fuel-Cell concept, the world’s first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle, which can run on 100% bio-ethanol to produce zero-emission electric energy, has been revealed.
The car is based on an e-NV200 MPV and uses a 24kWh battery to enable a cruising range of more than 373 miles/596 kilometres, making it comparable to current combustion-engined vehicles.
Nissan will be conducting tests on public roads in Brazil. The e-Bio Fuel-Cell is promised to be carbon-neutral (meaning that any carbon dioxide emitted is offset by the process of growing the crops that are used to create the fuel) while also running silent like an EV with the cruising range of a standard gasoline-engined vehicle.
Yukimasa Ban, general manager for advanced vehicle engineering at Nissan, says in the video above that the technology should be ready for vehicles around 2020. The company didn’t say what vehicles would receive the technology or where they would be offered. That being said, both the US and Brazil would be strong contenders considering the countries’ large ethanol infrastructures.
Discussing the car, Nissan president and chief executive 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.”