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Nissan has introduced a concept disaster response electric vehicle which they’ve aptly named, the Nissan Re-Leaf. Based on the ever-popular Nissan LEAF, this EV was specially designed to deliver mobile electricity to a disaster zone and packs a serious punch. Whether it’s a natural disaster, unplanned power outage or extended load shedding, the Nissan Re-Leaf prototype can help save lives by powering essential equipment.
Bakkies are used all over the world, but there are some countries where the bakkie is more important. South Africa is such a country and the Aussies’ veneration of their ute is legendary. And then there are the Americans.
It is a conundrum. Electric vehicles (EVs) are great. They are environmentally friendly, cheap to run, effortless to drive, yet give you outrageous acceleration. But if you are to use them for more than a couple of hundred kilometres per day, you need an extensive and expensive charging infrastructure. The options thus far were the internal combustion engine (ICE) or the hybrid.
Most vehicles are a trade-off between weight, strength and cost. The exceptions are construction vehicles and locomotives, where weight is crucial. But for the rest, if weight and strength were paramount, all vehicles would be built of carbon fibre or actually, carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) or perhaps titanium. Up to now, CFRP has been popular in building for space, aeroplanes and supercars. You know where cost is not that much of a factor. Case in point: CFRP was first used in F1 racing in 1981, by McLaren, to build their monocoque chassis.
Few brands have made the impact that Nissan has since launching its first car in South Africa 60 years ago. It all started with importing and local assembling of Completely Knocked Down (CKD) vehicles in 1963. From there, Nissan South Africa (NSA) established manufacturing facilities in 1973 at Rosslyn, near Pretoria. They helped shift South Africa’s motor industry into high gear as a result of continued investment, dedication and hard work.
Two-tone cars date back to the very early days when coachbuilders hand-crafted a beautiful horseless carriage on a chassis fitted with the new internal combustion engine. Fine lacquer panels were contrasted with polished wood or treated leather to create art on wheels, a finely woven contrast of colour and texture that reflected the opulence and conspicuous cost of these mobile works of art. Cars were built like royal coaches and cost about the same. They were for the rich.
It’s official, the new Nissan 400Z Proto concept car will have a manual gearbox, traditional handbrake and brand new V6 engine along with many other additions across the board. The digital launch took place mid-September in America with Nissan boss, Alfonso Albaisa, revealing a sketch providing a modern take on previous Z models with a particular focus on the Nissan Z32 300ZX of the early 1990s.
Nissan has been leading the way in electric car technology for some time and now, they are offering even more value. Customers can pay for parking with electricity when visiting the Nissan Pavilion, an event that showcases the power of EVs and mobility technology.
The culture and history of Japan are a thousand years old. Yet the country has only taken its seat at the world’s dinner table around 170 years ago. But its history has given it deep roots and once it poked its head into the sun, there was no stopping it. No other country has kicked open history’s door with as much vigour, or was able to seamlessly and perfectly create the future while still venerating its past.
Despite the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance facing challenging times recently, the tides may have turned with the new Nissan Magnite. The Japanese automaker has outdone themselves with a car that not only looks the part but also shows impressive performance and technology features.