Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that it will begin
bio-ethanol trials through its participation in the Tokachi E10
project. The project, the first of its kind in Japan, aims to test the
feasibility of E10 fuel, which contains 10% bio-ethanol mix. Early
trials will be conducted in the Tokachi region of Hokkaido, beginning
Nissan is the first automaker in Japan to come forward with an E10
vehicle fully compliant with the safety, environment and technical
guidelines issued by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and
Transport. The Murano E10 is officially recognized as Japan's first
Ministry-authorized E10 vehicle.
|The Murano E10, authorized by the Minister of Land,
Infrastructure and Transport
Within the scope of the Tokachi project, Nissan will support
research related to the E10 engine's combustion efficiency and exhaust
emissions. Vehicle performance data collected will further the
development of E10 bio-ethanol powertrains and allow the engineers to
identify key areas for improvement, in order to accelerate the
commercialization of bio-fuels and E10 vehicles in the marketplace.
is the recipient of a technology grant by the Ministry of Environment,
aimed at addressing issues related to global warming and fossil fuel
dependence, via the promotion of bio-fuels as an alternative energy
The Tokachi project uses substandard wheat and sugar beet to produce
bio-ethanol, which helps minimize impact on food supplies. The project
has the capacity to produce 15,000 kilo-liters of bio-ethanol to
substitute up to one percent of the gasoline consumption in Hokkaido
Bio-ethanol is considered a renewable energy source because it is
derived from plants such as sugar-cane or soybean, and thus does not
add to the net CO2 level in the atmosphere*3,
as opposed to fossil fuel. In the U.S. and Brazil, bio-ethanol has been
commercialized for many years and is gaining wider acceptance
Nissan has been offering the E85-compatible Titan full-size pickup and Armada SUV in the U.S.*4, and continues to develop and promote bio-fuel technology globally.
Its participation in the Tokachi project is in line with its Nissan
Green Program 2010 mid-term environmental plan, aimed at developing new
technologies, products and services that can lead to real-world
reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions, cleaner emissions, and recycling of resources.
project has been implemented from July 2, 2007 and will continue on
until Mar 31, 2009. The on-road test will be conducted between April 1
and Dec 19, 2008.
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- This is based on the "carbon neutral" concept. Plants capture CO2 through photosynthesis, hence the CO2 released by plant-based fuel will not add to the net CO2 level in the atmosphere.
- Titan has been sold since model year 2005 and Armada since model year 2007.