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Nissan and NASA Partnership

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Not only have electric vehicles skyrocketed in popularity around Huntington Park and Downey, but around the globe. Because of the potential benefits for drivers and the world at large, a Nissan and NASA partnership was announced to further technological advancement. Though this five-year Nissan and NASA partnership was announced back in 2018, the team continues to further its collaborative goals in the fields of future autonomous mobility services – including a Nissan and NASA EV battery. Find out all about the NASA and Nissan electric vehicle battery, along with the current findings from this historical union, and see how these advancements find their way into the Nissan lineup!



Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM)

The Nissan Research Center and NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley have laid the groundwork for groundbreaking autonomous mobility services. The resulting system was coined Nissan Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM), which utilized NASA rover technology to manage fleets of autonomous vehicles. “Our goal is to deploy SAM to help third-party organizations safely integrate a fleet of autonomous vehicles in unpredictable urban environments, for example ride-hailing services, public transportation or logistics and delivery services.” said Maarten Sierhuis, director of the Nissan Research Center.

Nissan and NASA EV Battery

One of the biggest accomplishments thus far is the Nissan and NASA EV battery, a milestone for the partnership. While the original Nissan EV battery excelled in models like the Nissan LEAF, NASA’s expertise helped the Nissan EV battery become smaller and lighter. In fact, the NASA electric vehicle batteries are half the size of the original Nissan EV battery.

This brings the potential for brand new uses, including NASA electric vehicle batteries implemented in pacemaker designs. Additionally, the NASA and Nissan electric vehicle battery cuts down on the amount of rare and expensive materials. This means that the NASA and Nissan electric vehicle battery could potentially replace the lithium-ion battery, while creating a safer and more affordable product.

Discover Nissan Technologies with Nissan of Downtown L.A.

Whether you want to know more about NASA electric vehicle batteries or EV ownership in Bell Gardens, the team at Nissan of Downtown L.A. is always happy to chat about Nissan news. Check out our current EV models and learn more about electric vehicles, then visit our showroom in Los Angeles for a test drive!


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