It’s a fact that 2012 has been a sad year for automakers rolling out hydrogen concept cars. And for Nissan it has been especially sad since they haven’t rolled out a new hydrogen concept car since they unveiled the X-Trail FCV in the year 2005.
But wipe away those tears since the Japanese automaker has announced it will unveil its Nissan TeRRA SUV concept vehicle at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this month on September 27. The Nissan TeRRA SUV concept uses the same electric propulsion system current found in the production battery electric car, the LEAF.
According to Nissan the TeRRA SUV concept, “ … combines two outstanding Nissan strengths – SUVs and EVs – in a vehicle that is equally in its element off-road in the wild or gliding silently through a sophisticated urban setting. With an innovative 4×4 fuel-cell electric powertrain and an athletic exterior that projects an unforgettable presence beyond its compact dimensions, TeRRA takes sustainable motoring into exciting new territory …
“ … Under the hood is ample space for Nissan’s proprietary hydrogen fuel cell stack: a flat, highly compact unit that features world-leading power density of 2.5kW/L. The latest in a series of Nissan fuel cells since 1996, the stack costs just one-sixth of its 2005 predecessor as the need for expensive precious metals has been slashed to one-quarter of the previous level.”
So, while this year overall has been a sad one in regard to carmakers rolling out new hydrogen car prototypes, Nissan has given us hope. The TeRRA SUV concept takes us one more step towards mass production in the year the 8 major car manufacturers have given us, 2015.
Here’s a short video that shows of the general concept behind the TeRRA SUV.