Nissan Reveals First-Ever Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle

Advancement in the Go Green movement with soild-oxide fuel cell vehicle.

Advancement in the Go Green movement with soild-oxide fuel cell vehicle.

When you think of automakers that are dedicated to developing cleaner, greener vehicle options for the market, Nissan is probably in your top three. The company has been making major strides in the industry in the way of making their production processes more eco-friendly and their vehicles more eco-conscious. The development of a brand-new type of fuel is no laughing matter, which is exactly what happened when Nissan revealed the first-ever Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle recently.

The vehicle is said to run of bio-ethanol electric power, according to Nissan representatives. Not only will ethanol-blended water be safer and easier to handle than other forms of fuel, it also produces zero emissions. The ethanol will be used by the vehicle to power its 24kWh battery, which in turn will allow the vehicle’s charge to last for a whopping 600km (almost 373 miles) without refueling.

Research and development on the Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle has already begun at Nissan’s plant in Yokohama, Japan and further field tests will be conducted in Brazil. Due to its low running costs, clean carbon-neutral fuel consumption, and highly efficient powertrain, Nissan is hopeful that the powertrain will revolutionize the auto industry for a cleaner, better, more environmentally responsible future.

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype Debuts in Brazil

Nissan BladeGlider prototype is making advancements into the future.

Nissan BladeGlider prototype is making advancements into the future.

While times are changing and electric vehicles aren’t necessarily still associated with the strange-looking, niche cars of yesteryear, “zero emissions” still isn’t a phrase you’d expect to hear in the same sentence as “high performance.” Nissan is hoping to dispel that stereotype by introducing a new kind of sports car to the world. The Nissan BladeGlider prototype, which debuted recently in Rio de Janeiro, features a full-electric battery powertrain with emphasis on dynamic handling and powerful performance.

Nissan first showed off similar concept cars back in 2013 at the Tokyo Auto Show. The Nissan BladeGlider is the fruit of those labors, employing a philosophy Nissan is calling Intelligent Mobility to optimize driving pleasure and sporty capability while drastically reducing environmental impact. The aerodynamic shape and silent engine make for an enjoyable ride, and while the BladeGlider is strikingly futuristic, something similar may not be too far off from mass-market production.

The Nissan BladeGlider prototype follows in the footsteps of the Nissan LEAF, the most popular zero-emissions vehicle in the world. With the company also working on autonomous driving technology and increasing their efforts in the realm of environmental responsibility, the innovation of the Nissan BladeGlider seems like a natural development for Nissan. No announcements have surfaced about whether or not this vehicle will eventually be redesigned for a mainstream market and greenlit for production, but Nissan seems to be pursuing this concept long-term.

Things to Do in Austin This Summer: Drive Around the Capital

Explore some of these great things to do in Austin.

Explore some of these great things to do in Austin.

Looking for something fun to do in Austin this summer or fall? Check out one of the many events and attractions in the area. As one of the largest areas in the south, Austin has tons to do for all ages. Hop in your new Nissan and explore the area.

According to Austin Top 50, there are a number of natural springs and pools that you should swim in to escape from the heat. Check out the Lost Creek Swimming Hole in South Central Austin, as well as Hamilton Pool Preserve. Hamilton even has a 50-foot natural water fall, which is as breathtaking as it is fun to swim around. For those willing to drive a little further, see Jacob’s Well in Wimberly (40 minutes west). At a constant 68 degrees, this natural “well” is perfect for hot days.

See the Cathedral of Junk in Austin. We’re not poking fun—that’s it’s actual name. This location is free to all, and it has some truly bizarre sculptures and pieces made from everyday materials. Scrap metal composes most of this memorable site, a tribute to local artists and Austin’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Visit the Zilker Botanical Garden. Cut off from the downtown area, you can reach a secluded 30-acre retreat that has multiple themes and plants from around the world. There is a rose garden, historic garden, and native garden to name a few. Plus, kids will have a blast exploring the area.

These are just some of the things to do in Austin this summer. Still can’t find anything you might enjoy? Hop in your car and explore and make sure to stop by Bates Nissan of Killeen, TX.