Nissan Sets 2005 Target for Launch of First Fuel Cell Car
Nissan Motor Co. intends to launch its first fuel cell car by the end of 2005, according to company officials unveiling the 'Nissan Green Program 2005'. The strategy call for the carmaker to participate in a government-backed initiative to test fuel cell vehicles on Japanese roads later this year. The blueprint also lays some emphasis on hybrid petrol-electric powertrains, something which Nissan has in the recent past disclaimed, thereby leaving the hybrid field open for Toyota and Honda.
A hybrid R&D taskforce of 100 people has been assembled, according to Nissan executive vice president Nobuo Ohkubo, who conceded that "no specific target has been set yet for when we would market such a car of what type of vehicle we should develop."
By the end of March 2003, the program calls for 80% of the passenger cars Nissan sells in Japan to be qualify for ULEV (ultra-low emission vehicle) status.
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