This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

December 13, 2006

Nissan to Launch a Variety of Advanced Vehicles by 2010

Photo of the Nissan Altima Hybrid, a four door sedan.

Early next year, Nissan will begin selling the Altima Hybrid, which uses Toyota hybrid technology. By 2010, Nissan plans to sell a hybrid using its own technology.
Credit: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., is planning to introduce a variety of fuel-efficient vehicles by 2010, including an expanded number of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) and a hybrid vehicle using Nissan technology. Those new commitments are part of Nissan's new mid-term environmental action plan, called Nissan Green Program 2010, which was released on December 11th. Specifically, Nissan will offer an Armada FFV in the United States next year. The company also plans to commercialize a battery-powered electric vehicle and a fuel cell vehicle early in the next decade. To complement its hybrid technology developments, Nissan plans to launch a new lithium-ion battery company.

The plan includes a commitment to accelerate Nissan's development of plug-in hybrid vehicles and an effort to develop a car by 2010 that can run 100 kilometers on three liters of gasoline—that's 78.4 miles per gallon—using advanced engine technologies and a continuously variable transmission. Nissan will also reduce its energy use in manufacturing, cutting the carbon dioxide emissions of its auto plants by 7 percent by 2010. See the Nissan press release.