Nissan e-NV200 SOFC prototype revealed

Earlier this year, Nissan announced that it was developing a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) using bio-ethanol as a primary fuel. Now the technology has appeared in a prototype vehicle.

The e-NV200 e-Bio Fuel-Cell features a 30 litre tank to store bio-ethanol (although ethanol-blended water or natural gas are also suitable).

Nissan e-NV200 e-Bio Fuel-Cell Prototype (2016) Front Side

Whatever the chosen energy source, it's fed into a reformer unit where hydrogen is extracted. Then, in an SOFC, the hydrogen experiences an electromechanical reaction with atmospheric oxygen to generate electricity.

Completing the set-up is a 24 kWh battery that's connected to an electric drive motor. According to Nissan, this unique e-NV200 achieves a range of around 370 miles (600 kilometres).

Nissan e-Bio Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Schematic

Brazil is one country which already boasts a well-established ethanol infrastructure so, appropriately, on-road testing of the e-NV200 e-Bio Fuel-Cell will continue there.

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