If the scale model at the Science Museum in London wasn't enough for you, you can get a life-size view of the Nissan Pivo 2 in the UK this weekend (and continuing through June 1). This quirky, all-electric vehicle first crossed our screens at last year's Tokyo Motor Show and you might remember that the unique rotating cab design means there is no reverse gear on the lithium-ion battery-powered car. The Pivo 2 will be part of the Science of Survival exhibit at the Science Museum. We're not sure how the Pivo 2 will be displayed, but Nissan's announcement says the UK public will get "to see the Pivo in action." Whee, rotating cab moves for everyone! Alongside the Pivo 2 will be the Toilet-lid Sink, the Q-drum, and the Eglu Chicken House, so we can see the fantastic sustainable future we're moving toward.
RARE UK PUBLIC APPEARANCE OF THE 360º-ROTATING, FUTURISTIC, ENVIRONMENTALLY-SOUND NISSAN PIVO - THE 'CAR WITH NO REVERSE'
SPECIAL HALF-TERM WEEK DISPLAY AT NEW EXHIBITION, THE SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL
The futuristic Nissan Pivo will be on display in the new exhibition The Science of Survival at the Science Museum from Saturday 24 May to Sunday 1 June 2008.
Nissan Pivo is a concept car, powered by a lithium-ion battery, which generates no emissions compared to normal road-going vehicles. The car's cabin rotates 360º, removing the need for a reverse gear and making parking simple. Pivo's design incorporates large doors, windscreens and windows and reduces driver blind spots by displaying the exterior surroundings on screens inside the vehicle. This is a rare opportunity for the UK public to see the Pivo in action.
The Science of Survival is a new, hands-on, family exhibition, which uses the latest environmental research to challenge visitors to create their own sustainable city of 2050. The exhibition highlights possible ways of changing and adapting how we live to ensure that we will be able to survive in 2050. The Science of Survival runs at the Science Museum, London until 2 November 2008, before touring internationally.
Sara Milne, CEO of The Science Of..., said, "We are thrilled to be bringing the future of driving to the exhibition and are very grateful to Nissan for presenting us with Pivo for this special display during half-term week. The Science of Survival highlights the latest thinking in environmental inventions and devices and Pivo is a wonderful example of creativity with the benefit of the planet in mind. It is entirely fitting that Pivo becomes part of the exhibition."
Simon Sproule, Corporate Vice President of Nissan said, "We are proud that Pivo will be taking its place alongside some of the wonders of human invention in the Science Museum. Pivo is an imaginative demonstration of the potential for advanced zero-emission vehicles that we believe represent a major breakthrough for clean personal mobility."
The Science of Survival invites visitors to explore new ways of finding water and creating new super foods, designing vehicles and building new homes and gardens for the year 2050. It reveals how our lifestyles and leisure activities affect the world's environment. Each visitor's choices, designs and creations are stored using their Survival card as they progress through the exhibition until, finally, their own neighbourhood of 2050 rises from the ground and combines with the communities created by other exhibition visitors to form an entire city of 2050.
The exhibition also offers an early opportunity to see first-hand many new inventions designed to make best use of the planet's resources. These include the Toilet-lid Sink, which recycles the water we use to wash our hands, sending it straight into the toilet cistern; the Q-drum, a roll-able water container which is a simple, hygienic and comfortable way of transporting large amounts of water large distances in poorer, drier countries, rather than struggling with heavy, cumbersome, unhygienic containers; the Eglu Chicken House, an effective way of keeping chickens and producing eggs in an urban garden; and the eCube a low-cost device that imitates food to dramatically reduce the large amount of energy used by fridges and freezers.
The Science of Survival runs at the Science Museum until 2 November 2008.
The exhibition is sponsored by BASF, HSBC and NISSAN.
The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 9DD
Adults: £6; Family (1 Adult, 2 Children): £16.50; Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): £22;
Open 10am–6pm every day. For more information:www.scienceof.com/survival
Photocall: PIVO will be unveiled at a photocall at 9.30am on Friday 23 May at the Science Museum. For more information please contact Michael Barrett or Kirsten Canning on 020 8295 2424, 07813-558772 or email@example.com
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Notes to editors
The Science of Survival is the latest exhibition from The Science Of..., a partnership between the Science Museum, London and Fleming Media, following the success of The Science of Spying and The Science of Aliens. Conceived to take popular science to a global audience, The Science of... produces exhibitions, publications, TV and online projects – all focused on bringing to life the impact of science and technology in everyone's lives. www.scienceof.com
Fleming Media was set-up by the Fleming family to explore new opportunities in acquisition, creation and management of intellectual property rights. They are financial and operational supporters of such properties as Player One, a leading publisher of video games and mobile content and the Fuse TV cartoon series Empire Square. The company has been granted the digital IP rights for the Young Bond book series and developed the popular "Young Bond: SilverFin" mobile video game with Player One and the website, www.youngbond.com
The Science Museum is home to more than 12,000 objects and provides a fascinating insight into the worlds of science, technology, medicine and industry. Hands on galleries, drama characters and science shows bring to life the past, present and future of human scientific ingenuity. See and interact with major scientific advances from the last 300 years, from original working steam engines to the actual Apollo 10 command module, all spread over seven floors in a building ¼ mile long. A giant IMAX cinema and exhilarating simulator rides make the Science Museum a thrilling day out. In addition, the Dana Centre, the Science Museum's annex dedicated to discussing contemporary and controversial science, brings live debates, science art installations, experiments and stand-up comedy to everybody over 18 who wants a thought-provoking night out. The museum was established with the profits from The Great Exhibition of 1851 and is now one of the top visitor attractions in the UK. The Science Museum is free and open seven days a week. Visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
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As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility.
HSBC was the world's first major bank to go carbon neutral and is helping to tackle climate change by working with clients, governments, businesses and partners to help find solutions to the challenges of climate change. Information on HSBC's programmes can be found at www.hsbc.com/committochange
Nissan are focusing on both reducing the impact that vehicle production and driving has on the environment and developing new technologies to deliver sustainable vehicles and energy sources.
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion in 2006. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com
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Nissan Motor Company generated global net revenues of 10.468 trillion yen in 2006. Nissan is present in all major global auto markets selling a comprehensive range of cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and light commercial vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. Nissan employs over 180,000 people worldwide. Under the Nissan Value-Up business plan, the company continues to focus on long-term sustainable and profitable growth driven by three commitments: To maintain top level of operating profit margin among global automakers; To achieve global sales of 4.2 million units in 2009; 20% return on invested capital on average over the course of the plan.