Nissan brings fuel cells to the masses

Posted by: Ian Rowley on June 2, 2006

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Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn might not be a big fan of hybrids, but Nissan is doing its bit for fuel cells vehicles. This week, the company announced that, starting this month, it’s offering customers in Japan the chance to test drive fuel cell-powered versions of its X-Trail SUV on weekends. The offer will be open to those who can make the trip to Nissan HQ in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Once there, testers will get to drive the FCV SUV around the neighborhood for 30 minutes. Those not here in Japan, though, will have to wait a little longer to get behind the wheel of these special X-Trails. Nissan hasn’t yet announced plans to offer similar tests to the public elsewhere. I’ll put my name on the waiting list.

Reader Comments

Sarah McBride

June 5, 2006 3:09 AM

That should be an experience. Do tell us about it after your turn.

cranky investor and consumer

June 5, 2006 3:59 AM

Fuel cell technology might seem interesting but will never matter in the short or intermediate term.

There is no infrastructure for fuel
cells. What is needed is better work
on basic engineering in the engine
and transmission to raise regular fuel
economy.

stewart taylor

March 1, 2007 6:39 PM

I've been following the progress of fuel cell power for the automotive marker since Ballard Power hit the scene.
There have been multimillions spent trying to get fuel cells to be a viable alternative to the internal combustion engine, and the manufacturers, and the media always spout that the only emission from these vehicles is water vapour.
Picture this scenario. January,2015,on the I-43 between GreenBay and Chicago. The temperature is 10 degrees, and bumper to bumper traffic has accumulated due to an accident. Hundreds of fuel cell powered vehicles are slowly moving spewing water onto the roads turning them into ice rinks,creating more and more accidents.
By some miracle you survive the carnage and as you approach the city of Chicago you only see a cloud of ice fog that has enveloped the city blocking the sun and reminding you of the proverbial foggy day in London town.
This is my vision of fuel cell power in cold climates.
I have asked this question of many engineers and so called auto experts but no one will answer.

Are fuel cells only for warm climates?

And if only for warm climates what about the excess water run-off that will promote growth on the sides of roads in more temperate climes?

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