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Nissan helps develop electric bus

by Ben Hsu

The bus will use technology from the Nissan Leaf EV.

Nissan is working on an electric bus project in Japan. The EV people hauler will use technology from the Nissan Leaf EV.

The bus will be equipped with three batteries, three electric motors, and the same inverter used in the Nissan Leaf. Nissan is also developing a new transmission for the bus and offering technical support.

By adapting existing technologies, the cost of the bus was greatly reduced. "Our goal is to develop EV buses that are well-balanced in terms of being friendly to the environment and having low development costs,” said Toshiro Matsuda, who heads the project.

The EV bus is being developed in conjunction with Kumamoto University and Japan's Ministry of the Environment. It's part of a larger directive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from large vehicles like buses and trucks.

Real-world testing will begin in Kumamoto City, located in western Japan, starting in February.