Nissan To Produce Lithium Hybrid Batteries

April 16, 2007: Source—PC World/Reuters

Nissan Altima Hybrid

The new Nissan Altima Hybrid uses technology leased from Toyota. Nissan is developing its own hybrid system and lithium batteris for its next-generation hybrids, expected in 2010.

In the early chapters of the hybrid saga, Nissan lagged behind its Japanese competitors, Toyota and Honda. Now the company is trying to leapfrog the competition by leveraging its work in the early 1990s on lithium batteries. Nissan Motor Co., NEC Corp. and unit NEC Tokin Corp. said on Friday they would form a joint venture company to produce lithium-ion batteries from 2009 to be used in hybrid and electric cars. According to the announcement, the partners are already underway on mass production and commercialization of a lithium-ion battery, which has twice the power of conventional batteries at half the size. Reuters reports:

A breakthrough by Nissan and NEC in the highly contested business could put Japan’s third-biggest automaker back in the game for offering next-generation "green" vehicles after trailing its bigger domestic rivals for the past decade.

"The evolution of battery technology will be a deciding factor in bringing tomorrow’s electric vehicles closer to reality," Nissan Senior Vice President Minoru Shinohara told a news conference.

Nissan recently introduced a hybrid version of the Altima, its popular sedan. The 2007 Altima Hybrid uses hybrid technology leased from Toyota. Nissan is expected to launch its internally developed hybrid in 2010, and will likely use a lithium battery. Yet, Toyota may once ahead be ahead of the pack. They are expected to use a lithium battery in the third generation Prius, expected in 2009. Nearly every major automaker is also in the technology race for a mass produced lithium auto battery, which could produce significant gains in hybrid fuel efficiency, and open the way for commercialization of plug-in hybrids and electric cars.

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  • Joe Francis

    Once again this is a breakthru for a non-american car maker. Wake up GM, Ford & Chrysler. This is what americans want!!!

  • sean

    Yes Joe, you may be right but it’s not what the oil companies want! And if they sponsored heaps for the elections…

  • Tom

    Lets see it when it is brought to the market place. How much will it cost? How many will be brought to market in 2009? What size vehicle will it be? Remember Americans don’t like the kidde car versions very well.

  • Andie

    People should stop being to closed minded and open to change. These cars are one of the best invention yet to help the enironment!

  • jason

    GM has built an all electric car…remember the EV1…then they crushed them all to destroy them..they worked perfectly fine. The oil business runs the auto business. Watch the movie “who killed the electric car”…. the oil companies are in control..we must have foreign companies build the hybrids.

  • Tom

    Americans are actually in control of their future. They just need to get their heads out of their ass. When it come to the the changes in attitudes that are needed to make the market changes to sell good fuel efficient vehicles. Americans will not stick their necks out when purchasing a new vehicle. They are just nervious about buying anything new so they bad mouth them so they seem smarter than the engineers bringing them to market. They just keep getting screwed by the oil corporations who are foreign owned also. I think they really enjoy getting screwed. We have too many people who think they are the only people who know anything about vehicles coming to market. They don’t work in the development portion in any automotive companies yet they are all experts in the automotive field.

  • BART

    HYBRID TECHNOLOGY “MIERDA DE CABALLO” (HOSESHIT). THIS REMINDS ME 4WHEEL STEERING TECHNOLOGY. BACK IN THE 50′S GERMAN (VW) EXPERIMENTED WITH IT AND BACK IN LATE 60′S THEY EXPERIMENTED WITH HYBRIDS, AND IS NOT WOTH (TOO MUCH MONEY).
    WHAT WE NEEDS IS DIESEL LIKE IN EUROPE. FOR EXAMPLE FORD SELLS DIESEL FOCUSES THAT MAKE 72 MPG AND POLLUTE LESS THAN GAS ENGINES. PRICE FOR HYBRID BATTERIES 8,000.00 US DOLLARS.
    THATS WHAT OIL COMPANIES WANTS, CAR COMPANIES TO BUY CHAMICALS FOR HYBRID BATTERIES FROM THEM.
    HYBRID’S A LOT BOLONY.

  • Natalie

    Bart, You meant Chemicals not CHAMICALS, right?

    Second, What do oil companies and Batteries have in common? What does chemicals(Hydrogen?Lithuim?) have to do with Oil compaines? Dont Oil compaines make gas, oil, petrolium jelly? If an electric car is run on batteries, would the OIL industry not be interested on it, or Who is going to go to their gas stations?

  • Donald J Lewis

    Thanks to Al Gore Diesel cost 30% more than Gasolene. A Diesel Hybrid Maybe ad Ethanol Hybrid that plugs in Definately. Make Farmers rich not oil Companies. Kill the Excess Tax on diesel which is cheaper to make than Gas or ethanol and let it plug in build so more neuclar power plants and Now getting there. But Hybrid is not Balony Sorry Bart .

  • Garrett Garner

    Buying less gas means less tax to the feds and states for highway projects. This is a major source of revenue for senators to bring pork back to thier states . This is why we have been led to think V8 power is the way to go.

  • David Robertson

    Do you know that Toyota and Honda have only replaced a couple of Hybrid batteries world wide since they have been introduced. The U.S. auto makers will not make any money on the parts of these vehicles. There is more money in parts than in the vehicle them selves. I’m sure they will make a way for the U.S. made vehicles to fail more often then the Japanese companies, just watch.

  • Jason

    We don’t like small cars? #1 selling car in America for like the past 30 years has been the Toyota Corrolla followed by the Honda Civic.

    Jason

  • Dave1233

    They Should partner with Quantum Technologies for the batteries.

  • Joe Schmoe

    Diesel – Lithium – Plug-in with regenerative braking is the answer. The latest batteries are without heavy metals, the latest diesels are clean and exceptionally efficient. This is the answer to our energy needs for personal transportation, the environment and the way forward in the economy. The reason housing prices fell was because oil prices made the commute impossible. Brilliant is the human mind, science is the answer.