This isn't your average Nissan NV cargo van.

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It's outfitted with Nissan's e-Bio Fuel Cell, which generates electricity using sustainably sourced fuel.

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It runs on bio-ethanol, which can be pulled from sugarcane and corn.

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That bio-ethanol is placed into a fuel cell, where it reacts with a catalyst to create electricity.

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The only byproduct is water -- no emissions here.

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This prototype is based on the e-NV200, an all-electric van.

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The bio-ethanol fuel cell provides electricity to a 24-kWh battery.

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Nissan estimates that its prototype can drive for 373 miles on a single tank of corn juice.

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The goal is to create an electric vehicle that uses sustainable fuel but achieves the range of a gas-powered car.

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Another benefit of bio-ethanol over hydrogen? It doesn't require a complicated new infrastructure.

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Right now, most fuel cells operate on compressed hydrogen gas.

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One big issue with using hydrogen is that it requires a whole new, expensive infrastructure.

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That means hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are limited to small pockets of the country that have shelled out for hydrogen filling stations.

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This ethanol fuel cell, on the other hand, can be filled up much as a normal gas car would.

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Nissan even envisions a future where you can run into a shop and buy a bit of bio-ethanol before hitting the road again.

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The automaker is starting public tests of its prototype.

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It'll soon hit public roads in Brazil.

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Both North and South America are great sources of bio-ethanol.

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Could corn juice be a more useful fuel than compressed hydrogen gas? We'll find out!

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