Nissan has released more details about the electric car, which will be disclosed as a concept car in Yokohama on August 2. The production version of the model will be presented at the Auto Salon in Tokyo in October. Series production will start in late 2010 in Japan, while Japan and the U.S. production will start in 2012.
Nissan and lithium-ion technology
Nissan has confirmed, however, that the electric model that will use lithium-ion batteries could also be made available to other auto markets.
The producer will use the technology of lithium-ion batteries, currently in development since the early 1990s. Nissan is trying to demonstrate that lithium-ion technology works better than nickel metal hybrid technology used by both Toyota Prius and Honda Insight. The Engineering Group Nissan in Kanagawa, Dr. Hideaki Horii said that “Li-Ion battery offers clear benefits of power, range and weight.”