University Team Helps Nissan Unveil its Green Future
A Sunderland University team is working tirelessly to create a hydrogen powered car. It will be a significant step forward in developing a mass produced green vehicle. It is named as Nissan Almera. Under the leadership of Dirk Kok, from the Institute of Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP), the university research team, has adapted a Nissan Almera that will lead Nissan to its green vehicle. The vehicle will not emit poisonous fumes from its exhaust but water.
At the Partners4Automotive 2008 conference at the University of Sunderland’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus, this hydrogen powered Almera was exhibited to public. This conference has brought industry representatives from all over the world to explore alternative fuel technologies for vehicles and transport. It seems the critics of alternative energy vehicles will be less cynical in their approach because hydrogen is a practical and environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.
Dirk Kok says: “The whole subject of hydrogen as a fuel for cars is intriguing. It all depends upon the price of oil, the driving range of these new green vehicles, ease of safely filling these vehicles, and the availability of competing systems, which we are also researching.
“The HyPower project does demonstrate that hydrogen is a practical and environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels. But though this is a significant step forward, there is still a long way to go before we see these vehicles driving about our roads.”