Nissan developing new batteries that will be lighter and cheaper

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

Nissan Motor Co. is working with the principle that if you want to control the cost then you should be involved. Hence, Nissan is currently developing a next-generation battery that will be lighter and less expensive. At the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that it will take a few years before it will be able to use the new electric-vehicle battery.

Compared to the lithium ion battery that will power the five-passenger Nissan Leaf, which debuts in late 2010, the upcoming battery will be smaller, lighter and less expensive.

The battery for the Leaf, Nissan's first electric family car, delivers about 100 miles on a complete charge. Nissan won't be hoarding this technology and will eventually outsource batteries for its electric-vehicle program to independent suppliers.

But for now, Ghosn said that Nissan prefers to control battery development internally to control cost and production.

Earlier this year, Nissan signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to work jointly on future battery development.

An Oak Ridge official had said that the federal lab is optimistic that it can develop a battery that can deliver 400 miles on a single charge. Ghosn said Nissan's batteries will be "an important profit center" in the future.

Topics: nissan, electric car

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

This is the time of the year when automakers give us teasers and previews of their upcoming models. Now, it seems like BMW is ready to unveil the M5 (F90)...
by - August 22, 2017
It is quite common to revive classic cars if you have a lot of extra money. Models like the Jaguar XKSS and Aston Martin’s DB4 GT have been upgraded to...
by - August 21, 2017
Famous designer of certain Ferrari vehicles like the Enzo Ferrari and the P4/5, Ken Okuyama has revealed another one of his designs at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours over the...
by - August 21, 2017
The current generation of the BMW M3 (F80) sedan isn’t just sporty and luxurious in terms of looks, but also in terms of performance. Because of its athletic appeal, the...
by - August 21, 2017
A lot of us know Singer Vehicle Design and their signature work of reimagining Porsche 911s, and making them look like hot rods from the 70s. They are not alone...
by - August 20, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries