Nissan Terra, Peugeot Onyx Ready for Paris Show...Ford Opts for Lithium...National Plug In Day Set for Sept. 23

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Nissan announced the debut of its Terra Fuel Cell vehicle for the upcoming Paris Motor Show, where the Peugeot Onyx hybrid will also be on display. Ford will begin using Lithium, instead of rare earth elements, in its hybrid and electric cars. National Plug In Day will be celebrated in more than 30 U.S. cities on Sept. 23.

Nissan Terra fuel cell SUV concept

Nissan Terra fuel cell SUV concept

Nissan is ready, willing, and able to offer a fuel cell car.

Nissan Terra
Spokespersons for Nissan say the Terra crossover fuel cell SUV is evidence that the Japanese automaker is ready to produce a hydrogen car once the infrastructure ramps up. The four-seat Terra features a unique seating arrangement, placing the driver alone in front of three passengers. For full story, see

Peugeot Onyx
The Peugeot Onyx diesel-hybrid concept car will debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The Onyx has a carbon fiber and copper body, acrylic windows, and weighs 2,400 pounds. The 3.7-liter V8, six-speed has a combined horse-power of over 650. Peugeot says the copper exterior was chosen due to the metal's ability to change color over time. The car also has regenerative braking and uses recycled newspaper in its dashboard construction. For full story, see

Ford Switching to Lithium
Ford Motor Co. has announced that it will be switching from rare earth metals to lithium in its hybrid and electric cars, notably the C-Max hybrid and the Fusion hybrid. The company says the change will cut rare earth element consumption by 500,000 pounds each year and reduce production costs by several hundred dollars per vehicle. For full story, see

National Plug In Day
The second annual National Plug In Day will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23, celebrating electric and hybrid vehicles. The event is sponsored by Plug In America, the Electric Auto Association and the Sierra Club, and will feature major events in more than 30 U.S. cities. For full story, see

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