Batteries from Nissan

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  1. Douglas

    Douglas Read Only Funster

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    With the announcement that Nissan are to build batteries for battery cars, I wonder if there is some kind of technical break through that might be of help to us? any one heard anything?

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    Hi Doug

    found this

    Nissan believes it finally has the breakthrough battery technology that will bring electric cars into the mainstream.

    The automaker's new lithium-ion battery, jointly developed by Nissan and Japan's NEC Corp., will expand the range of the purely electric car to more than 100 miles between charges, while decreasing the battery's size and weight, said Mark Perry, director of product planning for Nissan North America, which is based in Franklin.

    While 100 miles isn't nearly as far as automakers had hoped for with fresh advances in battery design, it's a vast improvement over the 40-mile range of earlier electric vehicles. Those earlier versions used lead-acid or nickel-metal-hydride battery packs, such as those now found in vehicles like the Toyota Prius gasoline-electric hybrid.

    "This battery offers advancements not only on mileage, but also on weight and size, giving us the ability to package it in the vehicle more easily," Perry said.

    With a lighter, more efficient battery, "good things begin to happen" in development of the electric car, he said, "allowing us to go to mass market, putting us in the heart of the market rather than on the fringes."

    Nissan is so sure of its battery design that it will invest billions of dollars to introduce an affordable electric car in the United States — and other markets — over the next three years.

    On Aug 2, a concept of the electric car will be unveiled in Japan.

    The car will go on sale in the United States in 2010, with the first
    models imported from Japan.

    Nissan has said it plans to assemble an electric vehicle at its Smyrna manufacturing plant beginning in late 2012, using batteries that will be made in a new facility on the same site — financed in part by a $1.6 billion loan from the U.S. government.

    Construction will begin on the battery plant during the second quarter of 2010, said Mark Swenson, the Nissan North America vice president for manufacturing engineering. The battery plant will open in mid-2012 and employ more than 1,000 people, running on three shifts, when it is at full production, which is about 200,000 units a year, he said.


    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090712/BUSINESS01/907120351/1003/BUSINESS/Nissan+charges+toward+electrics
     
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  3. Douglas

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    Thanks Jim,

    It looks good, all we need now is cheaper solar panels and I can see a whole new world for us.

    Doug...
     
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    I estimate that the wonder batteries and cheap solar panels will arrive within 6 months of each other
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