Tokyo, Japan – Nissan Motor Company has announced that it has started testing a vehicle with a next-generation fuel-cell stack.

The new fuel cell is 25 per cent smaller than the company’s previous model, yet provides 1.4 times the power output, up to 130 kW from 90 kW. With half the amount of platinum in its electrodes and a more durable catalyzer, it will also last longer and be less expensive to build.

Working toward commercial introduction, Nissan began on-board testing in late 2008, and this month began cold-weather testing at its Hokkaido Proving Ground.

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