The ongoing development of the electric vehicle market shows no signs of slowing and news that Nissan is set to release a heat resistant battery over the next few years perfectly illustrates the forward thinking nature of this industry. The company is responding to issues with Nissan Leaf batteries in high-temperature areas of the U.S., such as Phoenix and Arizona. While the company needs to maintain a relatively low cost base for the new Nissan Leaf battery it is vital that the company retains consumer confidence going forward.
This is just one of many new developments in the pipeline for Nissan, a company which continues to grab the headlines in the electric vehicle industry. It seems a lifetime ago in 2007 that the company promised a "mass market" electric vehicle by 2010 and, hey presto, up popped the Nissan Leaf.
New battery technology
In a development which was to be expected in a relatively new industry, there were a number of well-publicised issues with regards to the Nissan Leaf battery capacity in relatively high-temperature areas of the world. It was shown that in states such as Arizona and Phoenix, vehicles were losing range much faster than those driven in milder climates. The new battery will be in place over the next few years, and while it does not include a liquid cooling system, it has been tested up to temperatures of 113°F at which it maintains its optimum efficiency.
Quote from ElectricForum.com : "There seems to be a lot going on behind the scenes in the battery sector - rumors that IBM is working on a battery which can do 500 miles per full charge. There is even talk of a battery which can do 1000 miles per full charge but it might not be rechargeable."
It is interesting that Nissan, which has invested billions of dollars into its EV range, is already looking to the next stage of development of its battery capacity. This comes at a time when the industry is going from strength to strength and when sceptics are looking for faults in its development programme only to see EV supporters such as Nissan continuing to incorporate electric vehicle technology into their mainstream offerings.
Could we see two new Nissan EVs in the near future?
In tandem with the news that Nissan will soon introduce a new heat resistant battery technology it seems that the company is also working on two new electric vehicles which will expand the current range. So far the details of the new vehicles have been kept very much under wraps but when you bear in mind the massive investment required in any new undertaking, this is certainly confirmation that the electric vehicle industry is here to stay.
Nissan, perhaps more than many other electric vehicle manufacturers, continues to edge towards the EV mass-market, which is in many ways the Holy Grail for the industry. U.S. sales continue to move ahead, European sales are certainly picking up, and the company is opening new EV plans around the world including one in the UK. At this moment in time EV manufacturers such as Nissan are certainly giving the impression that they feel it is only a matter of time before the mass-market beckons.
Nissan has been perhaps more proactive than many of the electric vehicle manufacturers on show today and the introduction of a new heat resistant battery technology over the next few years is further confirmation of this strategy. It also seems as though we can expect to see yet more Nissan EVs on the market in the short to medium term.