From August 22 to 25, Nissan presented the third edition of its Innovation Week in São Paulo, with the aim of discussing the pillars and trends that affect the automotive sector. During the event, Nissan shared the current stage of development of its innovations and made projections for the future – in which, from the brand’s point of view, innovation, electrification and advanced technology will be the main characters.
“In recent years, we have developed a strong expertise in Artificial Intelligence, which we currently apply to our most innovative projects. The Research and Development carried out at our Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley is an important part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility and our future as a company, providing advanced vehicles and technology to our customers.” explained Chris Reed, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Nissan Americas.
Nissan’s global research centers seek to develop strategic environmental improvements, safety, on-board comfort and dynamic performance technology. At the Nissan Brazil Technical Center, engineers work guided by Nissan Ambition 2030, the company’s long-term vision to enable mobility and beyond.
“In South America, we have already used several of these innovations and are working on validating and studying new technologies to meet the needs and realities of customers in this region.”, elaborated Ricardo Abe, Senior Manager of Research and Development at Nissan South America.
With the help of the South American team, Nissan’s Research and Development Center in Japan is developing Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) vehicle technology, which generates electricity using bioethanol as the vehicle’s energy source. Nissan is the first car company in the world to develop and test prototypes that are fueled by bioethanol to generate electricity to charge SOFCs. The system together with the efficiency of electric motors and batteries guarantees the Nissan SOFC a range of more than 600 kilometers with only 30 liters of ethanol in the tank. The first period of testing and actual demonstration of the system took place in Brazil between 2016 and 2017, proving that the technology adapts to daily use. Currently, the tests continue to evolve, with frequent exchanges with the Brazilian team and strategic partners.