Nissan Leaf tech for elec­tric bus

Nissan Leaf tech­nol­ogy will be used in elec­tric bus de­vel­op­ment.

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Nissan Leaf tech­nol­ogy will be used in elec­tric bus de­vel­op­ment.

As part of a Ku­mamoto Univer­sity project that aims to lower cost of ze­roe­mis­sion pub­lic tran­sit, Nissan Leaf tech­nol­ogy will be used in an elec­tric bus test in Ja­pan. Nissan Leaf is a 100 per cent elec­tric car that was in­tro­duced in Ja­pan and the United States in De­cem­ber 2010, fol­lowed by var­i­ous Euro­pean coun­tries and Canada in 2011. The U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) of­fi­cial range for the 2016 model year Leaf with the 30 kWh bat­tery was 172 kms on a full bat­tery charge. The car, con­tain­ing bat­tery packs that can be charged to 80 per cent ca­pac­ity in 30 min­utes us­ing DC fast charg­ing, has proved to be the world’s all­time best-sell­ing high­way-ca­pa­ble elec­tric car in his­tory. Pro­duc­ing no tailpipe pol­lu­tion or green­house gas emis­sions when in op­er­a­tion, Leaf’s elec­tric tech­nol­ogy in­cludes a 80 kW motor and a sin­gle speed con­stant ra­tio trans­mis­sion. The 30kWh Litjium-ion bat­tery is lo­cated un­der the seat to keep the cen­tre of grav­ity as low as pos­si­ble. The Leaf also has an aux­il­iary 12-volt lead–acid bat­tery that pro­vides power to the com­puter sys­tems and ac­ces­sories such as the au­dio sys­tem, sup­ple­men­tal re­straint sys­tems, head­lights and wind­shield wipers. A small so­lar panel on the Leaf’s rear spoiler helps to charge the lead-acid bat­tery.

The bus, com­pared to the Leaf, which is a five-door hatch­back, will ferry more peo­ple. Bring­ing to­gether tal­ent and ex­per­tise from the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, govern­ment and academia, the bus, as part of the univer­sity’s on­go­ing in­volve­ment with a Ja­panese Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment project that aims to re­duce or elim­i­nate CO2 and other emis­sions from larger ve­hi­cles such as buses and trucks, will suit­ably adopt Leaf elec­tric propul­sion tech­nol­ogy to en­sure zero tailpipe emis­sions and lower run­ning costs. Real world test­ing sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary in Ku­mamoto City in western Ja­pan, the bus marks the tack­ling of a ma­jor ob­sta­cle in cre­at­ing large elec­tric ve­hi­cle where the de­vel­op­ment and parts cost high. Com­po­nents and mod­ules like bat­ter­ies and elec­tric mo­tors. By us­ing tech­nol­ogy that has al­ready been con­ceived and per­fected

⇩ A 100 per cent elec­tric car, Nissan Leaf, prov­ing to be the world’s all-time best­selling high­way­ca­pable elec­tric car, is pro­vid­ing tech­nol­ogy to an elec­tric bus that aims to lower costs.

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