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Nissan has developed its own hybrid powertrain technology, and it is expected to go twice the distance than its current hybrid powertrain borrowed from Toyota. The new hybrid powertrain from Nissan will be used in the rear-wheel-drive Infiniti cars such as the Infiniti M35.
According to Reuters, Koichi Hayasaki, Nissan’s chief engineer of its rear-wheel-drive hybrid system maintains that “Typically, carmakers say the fuel economy improvement on their cars using a ‘strong’ or ‘full’ hybrid system is roughly 30 percent, while for ‘mild’ hybrids, it’s 15 percent. We’re aiming for an improvement of 60 to 90 percent.”
“We’re aiming for an improvement of 60 to 90 percent,” he said, adding that the Infiniti M35 Hybrid would have mileage comparable to that of a compact car.
Nissan states that its hybrid system will be a single electric motor and twin clutches (instead of two electric motors as used by Toyota). This helps to make the system simpler, lighter, less electric power consumption, and better fuel economy. The new hybrid system will use the state-of-the art lithium ion batteries instead of the heavier nickel metal hydride batteries, which is slower in capturing and discharging energy.
Nissan has been lagging on a hybrid system, looks like this time around, Nissan is getting serious about hybrid system.