SMYRNA, Tenn. -- Nissan's hydrogen-fuel-cell research vehicle, along with several fuel-cell vehicles from other manufacturers, made a stop at Nissan's Smyrna test track as part of an historic two-week cross-country trip.
The 13-day, 31-city Hydrogen Tour is traveling from Portland, Maine, to Los Angeles and is designed to showcase the commercial viability of environmentally friendly fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs).
"We are excited to showcase innovations today to enable zero-emissions mobility in the future," said Bill Krueger, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Supply Chain Management and Total Customer Satisfaction, Nissan North America, Inc. "Nissan is committed to being a global leader in zero-emission vehicles and has demonstrated that through our ongoing advancements in fuel-cell technology."
The stop at Nissan’s plant, the 24th stop on the tour, provided invited guests with a hands-on driving experience with the tour's fuel-cell vehicles. Guests were also able to witness the safe and easy refueling process for FCVs.
Nissan is nearing the end of the research-and-development phase on the fuel stack. Last week, Nissan announced the development of the latest generation fuel cell, which doubles the power density, costs 35 percent less and is 25 percent smaller than the previous stack.
The Hydrogen Tour is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, California Fuel Cell Partnership and the National Hydrogen Association.