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Nissan Test Next Generation Fuel Cell Stack

The new fuel cell unit is 25 percent smaller than the previous model and provides 1.4 times the power output, 130Kw against 90kw before.

Published: 02-Mar-2009

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it has started testing a vehicle with a next-generation fuel-cell stack.

Announced in August, the new fuel cell unit is 25% smaller than the previous model and provides 1.4 times the power output, 130Kw against 90kw before. With half the amount of platinum in its electrodes and a more durable catalyzer, it will also last longer and be less expensive to build.

Working toward commercial introduction of the fuel-cell stack, Nissan began onboard testing in late 2008, and in February this year started cold-weather testing at its Hokkaido

The next-generation fuel-cell stack is part of a range of eco-friendly technologies that Nissan is pursuing under Nissan Green Program 2010, a plan focused on developing new technologies, products and services leading to real-world reductions in CO2 emissions, cleaner emissions, and expanded recycling of resources.

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