NEC has begun mass production of high-capacity lithium ion batteries for electric cars, and while that might not sound interesting, if you're considering a Nissan Leaf it's NEC's power packs that will be keeping you moving. Initially production is at the company's Sagamihara plant in Japan, but in of 2013 the joint-venture started by NEC and Nissan plan to shift production to a new facility in Tennessee, USA, for EV models destined for domestic use.
Nissan's Leaf may not be the most aesthetically pleasing all-electric car, but it's looking set to be the first one in a long time to go on sale in the US. The company is contacting those would-be buyers in the US who signed up for more information, telling them that - as of later on today - they'll be able to put down a $99 refundable deposit to buy or lease a Leaf of their own.
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We can all add GPS to our cars if we want by schlepping down to the local electronics store and paying anywhere from $70 to $500 depending on the features and brand you choose. Add on GPS systems work just fine for the most part, but there is no denying the fact that any add on GPS device is nowhere near as visually appealing as one built-in from the factory.
After Shane flagged up a couple of interesting and definitely distinctive electric cars yesterday, it only seemed fair to counter with this: Nissan's Land Glider concept. Reminiscent of the VentureOne tilting trike, the twin-seater Land Glider leans into turns to avoid falling over, and is blessed with one of the coolest cockpits we've seen in some time (you can see it in the gallery after the cut).
There are many new robots being unveiled that tend to be design studies for other things. Nissan has an updated robot called the BR23C Eporo. The original robot was equipped with a single laser range finder to sense obstacles and avoid them.
Nissan wants to cut the rate of accidents by 50% by the year 2015. And in order to do that, they have developed an accident-avoiding robot called the BR23C, which stands for Biomimetic Car Robot Drive. And the company's inspiration for the bots? Bees.
Cars, especially new ones that sit on the lot have a tendency to kill batteries. Which is due to all of the embedded electronics that suck juice even when the car isn't in use. Well for car dealers it can become a bit of a nuisance to have to replace batteries all the time.
Therefore Nissan has decided to use ICP solar chargers just for that purpose. They will be sending them to the Nissan dealers in North American and Europe.
When it comes to cars I’m pretty happy as long as it runs. However, I’ve always been a bit partial to minivans over other vehicles because I have a big family. Nissan has given me yet another reason to add to my list of why minivans rule.