At the Paris Motor Show last month, Nissan unveiled the successor to their electric Leaf, the Terra, a new concept in fuel cell technology.

The vehicle has a chunky and angular styling  with squared off wheels which it describes as “modern toughness”. The rear wheels contain an electric motor each and are based on the designs shown in successive Pivo city car concepts.

Because the rear under floor is clear of a diff, drives hafts and exhaust, there is room to package the 2.5kW/L fuel cell stack between the rear wheels. The front wheels are driven by a lithium ion powerpack.

Nissans message is clear “Nissan is ready to mass-produce fuel cell electric vehicles whenever hydrogen becomes widely available”.