03 Feb '12, 12pm

Nissan Ships Its Electric Cars on a Solar-Diesel Ship

Nissan Ships Its Electric Cars on a Solar-Diesel Ship

Nissan keeps making noise about leading the charge toward zero emissions, or at least as little carbon dioxide output as possible. Going beyond their zero emissions and eco-friendly cars is their latest domestic shipping project – an energy-efficient and eco-friendly car carrier. Named the Nichiomaru, which means “king of Japan,” the ship is the first Japanese vessel to make use of both solar panels and an electrically controlled diesel engine . It’s also got energy-efficient appliances and lights up nearly everything with LEDs. According to Nissan’s calculations, the Nichiomaru will use 1400 tons less of fuel and put out 4200 fewer tons of carbon dioxide per year compared to the same class of ships without the nifty gadgets. The Leaf Is Now Greener The Nichiomaru is based in Yokohama (that’s the one that has the massive USAF base nearby, south of Tokyo). Its shipping rout...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/03/nissan-ships-its-elec...

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