Nissan TeRRA Concept Set for 2012 Paris Auto Show

2012 Paris Auto Show


  • Nissan TeRRA Concept Picture

    Nissan TeRRA Concept Picture

    The Nissan TeRRA SUV concept will debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. | September 12, 2012

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2012 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Nissan TeRRA SUV concept, which features a 4x4 fuel-cell electric powertrain, will debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
  • Nissan said the concept is not set for production, but indicates that the Japanese automaker "is ready to mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles whenever hydrogen becomes readily available."
  • The concept features Nissan's latest hydrogen fuel cell stack, which the automaker says is cheaper than its 2005 predecessor.

PARIS — The Nissan TeRRA SUV concept, which features a 4x4 fuel-cell electric powertrain, will debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

Nissan said the concept is not set for production, but indicates that the Japanese automaker "is ready to mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles whenever hydrogen becomes readily available." That may not be any time soon, especially since the Alternative Fuels Data Center of the federal government lists just nine hydrogen stations in the U.S., excluding private stations.

TeRRA, of course, means "earth" in Latin.

"The TeRRA shows that Nissan's zero-emission expertise encompasses fuel cells, too," said Nissan in a statement on Wednesday.

"Although TeRRA is presented as a design concept, not a technical exhibit, its proposed 4x4 fuel cell electric powertrain is far from imaginary," said Nissan. "Powering the front wheels is the electric propulsion system currently featured in the Nissan Leaf."

The TeRRA concept features Nissan's latest hydrogen fuel cell stack, which the automaker says is cheaper than its 2005 predecessor.

"The need for expensive precious metals has been slashed to one-quarter of the previous level," it noted.

The TeRRA features a futuristic instrument cluster that uses an electronic tablet similar to an iPad in place of traditional instrumentation. The driver docks the tablet when entering the car and removes it when leaving. The tablet displays speed, entertainment, navigation and other functions.

The driver sits front and almost center in a diagonal seating layout. The cabin features blond wood trim and a flat load floor.

The exterior design cues include a sculptured hood, big tires and a high beltline.

Edmunds says: The Nissan TeRRA gives us lots of clues about future Nissan alt-fuel vehicles, inside and out.

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