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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Nissan Nuvu concept

Remember when you were a kid and wanted that shiny new radio-controlled car from Toys 'R Us? The fine print at the bottom of the package almost always read, "Batteries Not Included." If Nissan's current plans go forward, that little saying may come back to haunt you when Nissan's electric vehicle goes on sale sometime after 2010.

Carlos Tavares, Nissan Motor Co.'s executive vice president for product planning and design, believes that in the not-so-distant future, we'll all be driving zero-emissions cars powered by electrons. When you make your way into the dealership to sign the paperwork, you'll be presented with two forms; one to purchase the car and one to lease the battery. Before we all get too upset about paying separately for our power packs, remember that filling up with gasoline will be a thing of the past as well -- in this particular vision for the future, at least -- so Tavares assures us that the overall cost to the consumer will actually be lower than it is today.

Another possibility presented by Tavares is car sharing, which is already taking place around the world on a very small scale. Instead of owning your own vehicle, you'd merely have access to one, time-share style, that would allow you entry into a garage full of vehicles from which to choose for your particular day's needs. To which we say, yeah... we'll see.


[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      You claim that overall costs will be lower since filling up with gas will be a thing of the past. This completely ignores the cost of charging the batteries. You will still be paying for the fuel to fill up your leased batteries.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Electricity is much cheaper than gas. Electric cars can go 100 miles or more on $3 worth of electricity.
      • 6 Years Ago
      go away spammer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is perfect for JDMlover.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ooooh, halos....
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Hell yes you GM fanbois can have ur ugly american cars and i'll have me this LITTLE BEAUTY ON WHEELS!!!!!

        "Every day I drive my TOYOTA it's like I'm driving on a LITTLE GLADE OF HEAVEN, with LOLIPOPS and UNICORNS.

        "You GM FANBOYS are just LIVING IN THE PAST!!!!! love my toyota

        ... oh wait its a nissan. but its japanese so its ok with me!!!!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      This sounds like a terrible idea
      • 6 Years Ago
      It kinda makes sense, but price and availability will be the issue. You can't just say, Well I had some extra cash so I went out real quick bought a spare battery pack for my car."


      On an unrelated note That is the freakin ugliest car I have ever seen in my life. I thought seeing the 1st time was hard, the 2nd time is worse. You see stuff you didn't see before; Do the curved windows even roll down? No? well THAT spells practical.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Um Autoblog, do your homework. This isn't Nissan's idea, its part of Project Better Place.

      http://www.betterplace.com/

      Shai Agassi, the CEO of this company has Israel and New Zealand on board to test out this idea. He's been working with Nissan/Renault to develop the first production car to use this concept. Wired did an interview piece on Mr. Agassi earlier this year.

      Mr. Tavares is sharing Nissan/Renault's acceptance of Mr. Agassi's vision, and is selling the idea well. But it doesn't take a journalism degree to cite the proper resources.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Project Better Place is different.

        Project Better Place includes battery swap stations. It also includes lots of places to recharge with integrated billing. It's like a "subscription" to charging. You plug in wherever you go, and your car is identified and the power is billed back to you.

        I think this idea here is more along what GM proposed for the Volt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually this is Nissan's commitment to Project Better Place. I read through the website and the article, and Nissan/Renault is developing the project's first production vehicle. The AB spin makes it seem like it isnt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The point of leasing the batteries is that you get the latest in an ever evolving technology, you aren't stuck with outdated technology for batteries. If your batteries malfunction, you simply get new ones with the same monthly fees. My concern is that this requires everyone to adopt the same exchange configuration and infrastructure in order to match up vehicles and batteries. Batteries and recharging technology is evolving quickly. We may see solutions that enable quick charging, or opportunity charging that may eliminate the need for exchanging batteries on the fly. There is a huge infrastructure choice, cost, and commitment being made here at a very early stage in development.
      For more info on various EV recharging infrastucture options see
      http://EVtransPortal.com/cerip.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      First they better worry about that pathetic design and hire an Italian design company for the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      By having the battery as a separate purchase it will make it easier for the government to tax it to replace the lost revenue from the decline in gas tax reciepts...
      • 6 Years Ago
      there is a lot of people that drive scooters today. I am sure that a small cheap electric car would not be a bat idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is great. Am I the only one who sees the slow march toward you owning nothing in your life, being taxed up the butt, and working for either the government or a big corporation - in the process being controlled?

      This is absurd. Buy the car and lease the battery? Car time shares?

      Go f#ck yourself. My kids can deal with this sh#t.

      The good days ARE truly behind us. Good luck gentlemen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks for this very informative post. This is a nice blog and will be looking forward to read more from you.

      Rose.
      http://www.wheelscene.com/car-buying/car-buying-guide/car-leasing.aspx
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