As part of "The Science of Survival – Your Planet Needs You!" five-year traveling exhibition, London's Science Museum will feature a scale model of Nissan unique Pivo concept, first shown at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. The Pivo electric car is powered by lithium ion batteries and is capable of crab-walking its way into tight parking spots due to its 90-degree rotating wheels. The Pivo also eliminates the need for a reverse gear, as its cabin is capable of rotating to face in either direction. In-wheel electric motors can spin forward or reverse, offering nearly unlimited maneuverability. The machine looks pretty strange, so we can't really imagine seeing it on the road any time soon, which is fitting because the museum's display is supposed to reflect how environmental changes could effect our lives in the year 2050.

Nissan is co-sponsoring this display, which is a compliment to the Nissan Green Program 2010.

[Source: Nissan]

NISSAN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES ON DISPLAY AT SCIENCE MUSEUM, LONDON

- Displays part of "The Science of Survival – Your Planet Needs You!"five-year travelling exhibition -

TOKYO (April 2, 2008) – A scale model of Nissan's highly distinctive Pivo electric concept and several other of the company's environmental technologies will be showcased at the "The Science of Survival" exhibition which opens Saturday April 5 at the prestigious Science Museum in London.

The thought-provoking and interactive exhibition explores how our lives could be affected by environmental changes and resource availability by 2050. The exhibition was developed in consultation with scientists and researchers and is co-sponsored by Nissan.

Throughout the exhibition, innovative objects gathered from around the world and fun, hands-on games and design activities enable visitors to explore how science and technology could be used to help us live more sustainably.

The quarter scale Pivo will be on display in the "Moving" area of the exhibition where visitors can discover new vehicle fuels for the future including electricity, hydrogen and biofuels made from plants. The zero-emission concept, which features a fully rotating cabin eliminating the need to reverse, was first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2005.

Also on display in the same area are Nissan's compact laminated lithium-ion battery for electric vehicles, its Super Motor and part of a resin outer body panel. Super Motor offers greater power in smaller packaging compared with conventional motors and has application potential for electric vehicles, as well as petrol/electric hybrids and fuel cell vehicles. The resin outer body panel demonstrates how the use of lighter body material could help save fuel in the future.

"The Science of Survival" concept complements the Nissan Green Program 2010 which is focused on three core areas related to the environment: reducing CO2 emissions from Nissan's products and activities around the world, reducing other exhaust emissions and accelerating recycling efforts.

The five-year exhibition is expected to visit 20 venues around the world and welcome about 4 million visitors.

Founded in 2005, "The Science of..." is a partnership between The Science Museum, London and Fleming Media of the UK. Its two previous exhibitions, "The Science of Spying" and "The Science of Aliens", are well recognised for their innovative and creative approach to learning.

[Source: Nissan]


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