Nissan North America has leased its first fuel cell vehicle to the Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Company. The vehicle is a modified Nissan X-trail that has been fitted with all the proper components to allow it to run on hydrogen.
Available only in Japan, Mexico, and Europe, the X-trail SUV has been outfitted with a fuel cell stack and lithium-ion batteries that give it a 300-mile range. "Sacramento already has the beginning of a hydrogen infrastructure in place," said Eric Noziere, Nissan's vice president of corporate planning. With a top speed of 95 mph, the X-trail FCV is said to achieve performance close to that of a traditional gasoline-powered SUV.
As Nissan's first commercially available FCV, the lease will initially be a one-year term with the option to extend another two years. Coca-Cola will use the X-trail to market its Coke Zero in the Sacramento area. With its new earth-friendly lease, Coca-Cola is marketing the vehicle and its drink as having zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero emissions.
Nissan revealed earlier this year that it was testing a next-generation fuel cell stack. The new configuration is much cheaper to build and has been reduced in size by 25 percent.
"The future of sustainable mobility will depend on the simultaneous development of many technologies," said Noziere of Nissan's continued research in FCV and electric vehicles.