May 31, 2006


Nissan offers fuel-cell test drives to Japanese consumers

Tokyo, Japan – Nissan is offering consumers test-drives of its X-Trail fuel cell vehicle (FCV) at its headquarters in Tokyo. Starting in June, the hydrogen-powered compact SUV will be available for test driving every weekend. The program is expected to be offered for up to a year.

Nissan will use consumer feedback, along with data acquired through public road testing in Japan and overseas, for its ongoing FCV development. The X-Trail uses a Nissan-developed fuel stack with a power generation capacity of 90 kW, giving the vehicle a top speed of 150 km/h. The model was approved for public road testing by the Japanese government in December, 2005.

Nissan will use the feedback generated from customer test drives, as well as data acquired through public-road testing in Japan and overseas, for its ongoing FCV development.

The company has also developed an X-Trail FCV with a 10,000 psi storage cylinder that supports a range of more than 500 km; the vehicle is currently being tested in Vancouver, B.C.

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