• Nov 1, 2010
Nissan New Mobility Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

At first glance, Nissan's New Mobility Concept fooled us. We looked at the images and saw nothing more than a slightly modified Renault Twizy with a Nissan badge and "zero-emissions" lettering. But when we turned to the automaker's press release, we discovered that the New Mobility Concept is not really about the vehicle – whether it be Twizy-based or a ground-up design – it's about discovering new ways to in which electric vehicles (EVs) can be designed to meet our driving needs in the future.

Nissan envisions the New Mobility Concept as but one proposal that could provide an efficient and convenient mode of transportation in the future. The concept vehicle will be used to study two possible car-sharing scenarios that Nissan hopes will one day become reality:
  • Seamless mobility service: a highly efficient and convenient public transportation service linking public transportation and EVs supported by IT.
  • Two-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.
Additionally, Nissan hopes that the vehicle's maneuverability, compact dimensions and emissions-free driving experience will prove that owning a vehicle like the New Mobility Concept makes perfect sense for people with short-distance commutes and those who travel down congested roads on a daily basis. Hit the jump for more on Nissan's New Mobility Concept.



[Source: Nissan]

PRESS RELEASE

NISSAN PRESENTS NEW MOBILITY CONCEPT FOR SUSTAINABLE ZERO-EMISSION SOCIETY


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.


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      clipsinite
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not that this is a golf car, but one thing is I wish more golf clubs and leisure parks "outlawed' any vehicle with an ICE. Frankly, I hate golf carts in general... they totally ruining the sport of golf (and the grounds). Electric vehicle won't fix the grounds but they certainly will get rid of noise pollution. Any noise is pollution on a course.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's an interesting take. It could have more appeal than the BMW C1, the enclosed scooter from 2000 that BMW sold for a few years ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_C1 ), which BMW recently resuscitated as an electric vehicle http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/10/bmw-brings-back-the-c1-and-this-time-its-electric/ .

      The moment a manufacturer makes something safer than a scooter, people point out it's more dangerous than a full-blown car, while others say "Waste of money and much less green than riding a bicycle". Meanwhile the vast majority of travelers continue to get in a two ton vehicle to go on short single-passenger trips!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what the Tango should have been from the start. I tried to get them to see it five years ago but just couldn't get them to see past the all leather dash board, Bembro brakes and Ricarro seats.... oh well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the coolest wheels on the fairway
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they want to get older people in it, they need to put doors on for protection from the weather.
      I'm disappointed, I was hoping that Nissan were going to develop their Land Glider concept.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like those GEM vehicle around my university.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This type of vehicle has a lot of potential as a single-passenger taxi.

      Kinda like the motorcycle taxis which are popular in developing countries, but with a roof and crash protection for wimpy westerners.