PHOTO CAPTION: Nissan X-trail FCV used earlier PEM-based fuel cell.

Nissan Debuts SOFC for Plug-In Electric Car

The solid-oxide fuel cell produces 4kW and would be used to charge the vehicle's battery.

Published: 20-Feb-2009

Nissan Motor Co Ltd prototyped an SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) and exhibited it at the International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference (nano tech 2009), which is taking place at Tokyo Big Site from Feb 18 to 20, 2009.

The company plans to mount the SOFC on an electric vehicle and use it to charge the battery of the vehicle in the future.

SOFCs are highly efficient but have problems starting up. Therefore, they have been believed to be appropriate for cogeneration but not so much so for automobiles. And PEFCs (polymer electrolyte fuel cell) have been the leading candidates for automotive fuel cells.


Based on the full-size 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD pickup truck, the vehicle underwent extensive internal modifications to meet the technical demands and requirements needed to run on a compressed hydrogen fuel system.

In the Quadrivium Fuel Cells system, the various components are distributed around the car, with four fuel cells positioned near to the wheels.

The Cargobike can handle loads up to 150 kg and one fuel cell lasts for 250 kilometres powered by only 90grams of hydrogen within a 2.2kg storage unit.


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