Nissan Trying Out Bio-Ethanol for Electricity and Hydrogen Powered Cars

By Jon LeSage Nissan Motor Co. is developing a system that will power cars such as the Nissan Leaf with electricity generated from bio-ethanol.
Along with generating electricity, the system will fuel hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Unlike conventional fuel-cell vehicles that use a special tank for hydrogen, Nissan’s system will utilize liquid fuel and a conventional tank. The new system will generate hydrogen through reformation of pure ethanol or ethanol-blended water. A solid oxide fuel-cell system can then generate power from hydrogen and air, according to the company.
Nissan plans to introduce the powertrain for fleet sales by 2020, said Hideyuki Sakamoto, executive vice president

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