Nissan's fuel-cell car hits the road in Brazil, extracts hydrogen from biofuel
from Car and Driver
Nissan announced that it had begun development of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system for future use in countries where agricultural feedstocks such as corn and sugar cane are more readily available than petroleum. Unlike the fuel cells used by the Honda Clarity, the Toyota Mirai, and the Hyundai Tucson, which convert hydrogen and air to electricity, the SOFC design contains lower-cost ceramic-based materials instead of expensive platinum catalysts and operates at higher temperatures. Nissan claims its e-Bio Fuel-Cell vehicle marks the first practical use of an SOFC in an automobile.
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