I’m not completely convinced that electric vehicles are the future, but they do seem like they could be a viable intermediary. Case in point is the Nissan New Mobility Concept. It’s not a car in the traditional sense, but it’ll get you moving.
This vehicle is basically a rebadged Renault Twinzy with a sticker reminding us of its zero emission nature. Nissan says that it can be used for “seamless mobility service” and for “two-mode EV car sharing.” Basically, it’s a short commuter with a presumed range of 25 to 40 miles or so.
The open sides remind me too much of a golf cart, making it not as pleasant under rainy or windy conditions and the profile makes me think of the Smart Car, which I don’t particularly like in the first place. This is just a concept, so no one really needs doors in the auto showroom.
I think I’d much rather roll around town in a Chevy Volt or a Nissan Leaf, but I guess the Nissan “New Mobility Concept” vehicle has its place somewhere too. Like on the back lots of Warner Bros or while navigating through the back nine.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd today announced a proposal for new mobility in a sustainable zero emission society and an electric vehicle (EV) embodying its proposal, ‘NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT’.
Nissan continues to envision new possibilities realised by EVs. One proposal is a sustainable, efficient and convenient mode of transportation focussing on the increase of elderly and single households, as well as the trend of driving short-distances or in smaller groups. NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT is our proposal to make this a reality.
Four keywords outline the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT:
Innovative – New two-seater compact mobility for various needs and occasions
Easy – Size which enables anyone to drive and park easily
Safe – Manoeuvrability equivalent to motorbikes with greater safety
Clean – No emissions while driving
Nissan New Mobility Concept is a user-friendly, ultra-compact 100% electric vehicle with no emissions which is expected to be utilised in various situations in everyday life.
Nissan will study the use of this vehicle for a variety of services, such as: ‘seamless mobility service’, a highly efficient and convenient public transportation service linking public transportation and EVs supported by IT, ‘2-mode EV car sharing’, where the vehicle is used as a private commuter vehicle in the mornings and evenings, and as a corporate car during business hours, and, contributing to the revitalisation of communities with improved mobility in both urban and tourist locations.
Aiming to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility with Alliance partner Renault, Nissan will launch Nissan LEAF, the first 100% electric, mass-marketed, zero-emission car in December 2010 in Japan and the United States, and in early 2011 in Europe. In addition to the development and production of EVs, Nissan is taking a comprehensive approach to promote sustainable mobility. This includes Nissan’s engagement with more than 80 zero-emission partnerships worldwide with countries, cities, organisations and other key stakeholders, the deployment of charging infrastructure, second-life use of lithium-ion batteries in EVs and the promotion of recycling parts used in vehicle production.