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Nissan turns over a new Leaf with eco-friendly car carrier

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The Nissan Leaf electric is seen charging during the press day of the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California.

With the rollout of their car the Leaf, Japanese automaker Nissan has charged confidently into the burgeoning new world of electric vehicles (it’s an initiative the company first explored with the Altra back in 1997). Now they’ve furthered their commitment to eco-responsibility by employing energy-efficient car carriers to bring the Leaf to America.

“As Nissan went to the effort to launch the Nissan Leaf at that time, in terms of the logistical flow, we thought there would be a way for us to contribute using state-of-the-art technologies,” said Tomohiko Uchiyama, president of Nitto Kaiun Corporation, the company that produces the boat.

The Nichioh Maru is a solar-powered car carrier with a special low-friction hull for more efficient movement through the water. About the size of a football field and a half, the carrier can haul up to 1380 cars at a time. Featuring LED lighting and an electronically controlled diesel engine, Nissan claims that the Nichioh Maru reduces carbon emissions by about 18 percent, saving 1400 tons of fuel a year.


Infiniti beats Porsche to world’s fastest hybrid crown

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Japanese automaker Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti, has won the high-performance hybrid drag race – literally.

Pitting the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid against Porsche’s 2012 Panamera S Hybrid in an actual race dubbed “The Duel”, the Infiniti literally does donuts around the Porsche after beating it in a head-to-head race.

It’s a boast Infiniti can back up since last fall, when none less than the Guinness Book of World Records made it official and recognized the Infiniti M Hybrid as the world’s fastest accelerating full-hybrid car. It achieved the status after burning up a quarter-mile track in just 13.9031 seconds. When they brought in a third-party (AMCI Testing) to substantiate the claim, the Infiniti M was clocked even faster at 13.41 seconds over that same quarter-mile. Not nearly as much fun as a head-to-head drag race, but I digress.