In 2016 an interesting project was presented by Nissan that involved designing a solid oxide fuel cell destined to be part of an electric system equipped with an autonomy extender that works with bioethanol. A solid oxide fuel cell that allows to extend the autonomy up to 600 kilometers with each tank, maintaining the proposal of zero emissions, as well as the original capabilities of the electric van.
Now after manufacturing a first prototype, Nissan has confirmed the agreement with the British Ceres Power, which with the financial support of the government of the United Kingdom will give new impetus to a technology with great power for sectors such as industrial applications with electric vehicles.
The principle of operation is similar to the fuel cell, which is used in cars like the Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity and Hyundai Tucson. The bioethanol stored in the vehicle passes through a reformer in which it is transformed into hydrogen. The SOFC fuel cell generates electricity from this hydrogen, which is used to propel the vehicle.