Nissan to Launch Compact Hybrids


Nissan has announced plans to sell compact hybrid vehicles based on its own technology in Japan, starting from 2011.

The Japanese outfit intends to make a low-cost, compact powertrain featuring an integrated electric motor providing supplemental power to the main gasoline engine. Energy will be provided by high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

According to Nissan the hybrids should be more than twice as fuel efficient as the equivalent gas-powered offerings.

The company plans to kick-off the new line-up with the Serena minivan, Nissan’s Japanese best seller, having sold 33,500 units across the country in the first half of the year.

Nissan has previously announced plans to sell an electric car in Japan and the US by the end of 2010 and has been at great pains to stress that it believes the future of eco-cars lies with all-electric vehicles.

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Andrew Williams

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