IN A demonstration of their passion for innovation, Nissan engineers have created a prototype Nissan LEAF with a 48kWh battery – in their spare time.
Following the manufacturer’s principles of on-going research and development of electric vehicles, the 48kWh prototype carries a battery twice the size of the original Nissan LEAF production model, with a 75 per cent increase in driving range in everyday conditions.
It was created by a group of engineers at Nissan’s Technical Centre in Barcelona (NTCE-S), whose passion and commitment to their work has given rise to the Nissan Innovation team. The team of volunteers take on a range of exciting endeavours, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with electric vehicle technology.
The prototype, codenamed “Cocoon” as a reference to the American sci-fi film of the same name, was built to compete in the Spanish motorsport event ECOseries – a new initiative that rewards “efficiency and fuel economy rather than outright speed”.
Watch the video about it below: