Still think EVs are just glorified golf carts? Get a load of the big boxy truck that Nissan just exhibited at the 2011 Tokyo Truck Show. The e-NT400 Atlas Concept is an EV based on Nissan’s workhorse Atlas F24 commercial truck that includes components borrowed from the LEAF. With an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery, the concept vehicle features smooth vibration-free acceleration and a cruising range of about 60 miles.
At the show, Nissan introduced two other trucks that, while they aren’t EVs, do share some interesting EV technology. The Atlas F24 Refrigerator Van uses a lithium-ion battery to power the refrigeration system, greatly reducing the truck’s carbon emissions. The Atlas F24 Power Supply Truck has a 72kWh battery pack (equivalent to three Nissan Leaf battery packs) that can be used as a backup or emergency power supply to provide a zero-emissions solution anywhere that a diesel generator might be used.