Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Nissan unveils hybrid ship to carry its green cars (incl. video link)

Nissan is not only selling hybrid cars. The Japanese automaker has also launched its first hybrid car-carrier.

The 557-foot-long Nichioh Maru features solar power panels, LED lighting, and an electronically controlled diesel engine, the first such vessel of its type in Japan’s coastal shipping trades, according to Nissan.

The hybrid ship is capable of fuel reduction of up to 1,400 tons annually, which converts to 4,200 tons of CO2 emissions saved compared to other car carriers of similar size and scope, Nissan said in a statement.

The vessel has capacity for up to 1,380 units without trailers, and can travel up to 21.2 knots, the automaker said.

The Nichioh Maru is operated by Nitto Kaiun Corp for Nissan, and will be engaged in weekly port calls in the Kanto (Oppama), Kinki (Kobe) and Kyushu (Kanda) regions of Japan.

Nissan’s hybrid vehicle models include the all-electric Leaf.



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