Download Free Nissan Hypermini Urban Electric Vehicle Testing.pdf The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity (AVTA), which is part of DOE’s FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program, conducts advanced technology vehicle testing and data collection of vehicles such as the Nissan Hypermini. Testing the Hypermini, which features a lithium-ion battery pack, supports the AVTA goal to provide benchmark data of emerging technologies for technology modeling, and research and development programs conducted by DOE and industry partners. The testing results are also leveraged as input to component, system, and vehicle models, as well as hardware-in-the-loop testing. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) provides activity management, technical, data acquisition, data analysis, and reporting support to the AVTA.

Urban electric vehicles are used internationally as a viable means of transportation because the UEVs provide energy-reduction benefits and are well suited for metropolitan use. The UEVs’ small utilitarian size is designed for short commutes and drivers find they are easy to drive and park. These specialty vehicles were introduced into the United States for a limited time and were incorporated into various fleets as test vehicles.

Urban Electric Vehicles are classified by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as passenger vehicles and must meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The UEV class of vehicles typically attains top speeds of about 60 mph. On a full charge, the vehicles have a reported range of 35 to 60 miles, but there are claims of ranges up to 100 miles on a single charge. Vehicle range depends on load, road and weather conditions, vehicle accessory use, and battery age and driver modus operandi.

The Nissan Hypermini (Urban Electric City-Car) Demonstration Program was an effort to determine whether the UEV concept was viable in the United States. The Hypermini HEVs were considered to have commercial potential because of emission cleanliness, reduced energy consumption, lower operating costs, and the convenience of home charging. Nissan North America leased 30 Hyperminis in California to state municipalities and utility companies. The vehicles and chargers were leased for a period of three years at a cost of $99 per month, which included installation of the required charging unit. Under the program, Nissan hoped to obtain real-world data to assess the marketability of electric-drive vehicles in California.



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Idaho National Laboratory now has a Facebook site that contains research videos, news, job postings and other events. The lab conducts a variety of energy, security and environmental research.