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Nis­san, which was crowned King of the Hill for both pro­duc­tion and mod­i­fied sa­loon cars at the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, has en­tered three cat­e­gory-defin­ing ve­hi­cles for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing a first gen­er­a­tion bat­tery elec­tric Nismo Leaf RC race car. This is the first time in South African history that an al­l­elec­tric ve­hi­cle is en­tered in a Mo­tor­sport SA sanc­tioned event. The Nismo Leaf RC is pow­ered by a stan­dard 80 kW LEAF elec­tric mo­tor, but the en­tire driv­e­train has been moved to the back of the ve­hi­cle to power the rear wheels. The whole car was hand-built from air­craft-grade alu­minium and car­bon fi­bre, and weighs in at just 930 kg. It fea­tures a roll cage, fully ad­justable brakes and sus­pen­sion as well as semi-slick rac­ing tyres. Nis­san in­di­cated that their rac­ing team would work closely with MSA safety mar­shals and medics to train them on re­spond­ing to elec­tric propul­sion sys­tems. While there is no risk of a petrol fire in case of an ac­ci­dent, the 390-volt bat­tery sys­tem could pose a risk and re­quires a unique set of safety pre­cau­tions. lat­ter pro­vid­ing range of up to 300 km. Recharg­ing the 300 kWh bat­tery pack will take up to two hours on a DC fast charger, and up to ten hours on a stan­dard AC charger. The first trucks in the Volvo FL elec­tric range are now en­ter­ing reg­u­lar op­er­a­tion with cus­tomers in Gothen­burg, the home of Volvo Trucks.

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