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News of  May 09, 2000


 


Nissan Sentra CA, World's Cleanest Gasoline-Fueled Car, Showcases Environmentally Sound Nissan Vehicles at Clean Cities Conference
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SAN DIEGO - Nissan North America, Inc. is featuring a range of its environmentally conscious vehicles at the 6th annual Clean Cities Conference May 7 to 10 in San Diego, including the cleanest gasoline-fueled vehicle in the world.

The Clean Cities Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, promotes the development and implementation of environmentally friendly vehicles. Nissan's range of production and experimental vehicles showcase the company's commitment to the concepts espoused by the Clean Cities Conference. Headlining Nissan's news at the conference will be the Nissan Sentra CA, the cleanest gasoline-powered vehicle in the world. The CA is now on sale in limited volume throughout California priced at just $14,799.

"The Sentra CA and the other cars we have brought to the Clean Cities Conference -- the electric Altra EV, the Hypermini EV and the gas-electric Tino Hybrid -- are prime examples of Nissan's philosophy of symbiosis of people, vehicle and nature," said Mark Perry, corporate manager of category marketing.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified the Sentra CA as a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV). SULEV vehicles face the most stringent tailpipe emissions standards. CARB says a SULEV engine emits only 2.3 pounds of ozone-forming hydrocarbons during 100,000 miles of driving, which is about the same as spilling a quart of gasoline. In addition, the Sentra CA is the only gasoline-fueled vehicle certified to the CARB zero evaporative emissions standards. Evaporative emissions are fumes that are emitted from fuel systems even when the vehicle is not operating.

The combination of zero evaporative emissions, SULEV tailpipe emissions, extended durability and full compliance with On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) requirements means that the Sentra CA qualifies as the only gasoline-fueled vehicle to receive Zero Emission Vehicle credits in California.

The SULEV emissions standards are part of CARB's Low Emission Vehicle II (LEV II) regulations for 2004 and subsequent model year vehicles, so Nissan is introducing this vehicle at least four years earlier than required.

Also featured at the Clean Cities Conference will be the Altra EV, the Hypermini and the Tino Hybrid, representing more of Nissan's forward-thinking design.

The Altra EV electric vehicle is a sport-utility vehicle/compact four-door van/minivan/station wagon and has room for four passengers and 200 pounds of cargo. The aerodynamic Altra EV is the roomiest production electric vehicle in the United States.

The Altra EV uses lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, similar to those used in notebook computers and video recorders. It uses safe inductive charging, which electromagnetically recharges the vehicle by sliding a plastic panel into the vehicle's front-end charge port. The Altra EV motor produces 83 horsepower and has a range of 80 miles.

The electric-powered Hypermini is an ultra-compact city vehicle for one or two people. Its small size provides it with tremendous versatility – the Hypermini can park virtually anywhere. It has a 70-mile range on a single charge and can attain a top speed of 62 mph. Recharging its lithium-ion batteries takes roughly four hours via a 220-volt AC charger designed to be permanently installed in a garage or recharging area. The Hypermini is currently available in Japan and will be available in the United States soon.

The Tino Hybrid uses an electric motor and a conventional internal combustion engine for reduced emissions and greater fuel efficiency.

(May 8, 2000)

 

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