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.