Long before Tesla or Leaf, this Nissan electric car claimed a range of 155 miles

Although we think of General Motors EV1 or its predecessor Impact Concept Car as the beginning of the era of electric vehicles. But there were others in that era who followed the same formula and may have come to market earlier. One of them came from Nissan.

As discussed by recently Japanese nostalgic car (Through Hemings), The packaging and specification of the Nissan FEV concept unveiled by the automaker at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show was similar to that of the EV, which will reach production in the next year and decade.

Like the EV1, the FEV (short for Future Electric Vehicle) was a compact two-door now designed with an arrow-savvy teardrop shape in contrast to the Honda Insight, Volkswagen XL1, and yes, the EV1. Its sleek silhouette, with headlights like the contemporary Nissan 300ZX sports car, the FEV claims a 0.19 drag coefficient. Low-rolling resistance tires were specifically designed to enhance efficiency, while aluminum-intensive construction helps reduce weight.

1991 Nissan FEV electric car concept

1991 Nissan FEV electric car concept

Powered by a nickel-cadmium battery pack that carries a range of 155 miles, Nissan claimed at the time. A “high-induction” electric motor can propel the FEV at 0-62 miles per hour and up to the claimed speed of 81 miles per hour in 20 seconds.

Reproductive braking on the FEV and what Nissan calls Super Quick Charge (SQC), which the automaker claims can deliver 40% charge in just 6 minutes using a 200-volt source. It took eight hours to fully recharge the standard Japanese family’s 100-volt circuit, Nissan said at the time.

In addition to fast charging, Nissan predicted a few more features that would eventually turn it into a production vehicle. The FEV concept had a heat pump to more efficiently control the temperature of the cabin, as well as an audio system and a solar roof to provide supplementary power for climate control.

1991 Nissan FEV electric car concept

1991 Nissan FEV electric car concept

Although it was a 1992 win Auto and design Cover award for its electric powertrain, the FEV never went into production. Although Nissan has worked on a modular propulsion set to power the FEV, we’re not sure if there was a driveable version of the FEV that actually backed up the concept claims, but that could be the primary difference between the EV1.

GM put EV1 into production in response to the then-new zero-emission vehicle order from California. While other automakers introduced the EV based on existing models, the EV1 was notable as a clean-sheet design. That’s right, GM’s Impact and EV1 had similar arrow designs before — such as the Hybrid Pontiac Pursuit concept.

Although in the end GM loses the lead. It produced only 1,117 EV1s, which were leased to customers between 1998 and 2003 before the program closed. The automaker will effectively start from scratch to develop the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the Bolt EV.

1991 Nissan FEV electric car concept

1991 Nissan FEV electric car concept

Meanwhile, Toyota is working harder to develop its first-generation hybrid system, which debuted in 1997 in the original Japanese-market Prius. We’ve been asked several times over the years whether Toyota’s success in hybrid innovation has blinded it to possibilities. Of EVs

Nissan finally saw all-electric cars again, of course. In many ways you might be able to see how the FEV concept previews the interior of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, even if it was 20 years ago. And without the likes of Carlos Ghosn, who championed Leaf এবং and Elon Musk, of course-we probably won’t see the future of automobiles as electric.

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