Nissan has announced it is developing an engine powered by electricity generated from bioethanol.
It claims the solid oxide fuell cell system (SOFC) is the first of its kind in the world for automotive use.
The system features an e-Bio Fuel Cell with an SOFC power generator.
SOFC uses the reaction of multiple fuels, including ethanol and natural gas with oxygen to produce electricity with high efficiency.
The e-Bio Fuel Cell generates electricity through the SOFC using bioethanol stored in the vehicle.
It also uses hydrogen transformed from fuel via a reformer and atmospheric oxygen, with the subsequent electrochemical reaction producing electricity to power the vehicle.
The company stated the new system is different because it features SOFC as its power source, affording greater power efficiency to give the vehicle cruising ranges of more than 600km, similar to existing petrol-powered cars.