• Nov 28, 2010
Nissan iV Design Concept – Click above to watch video after the jump

For us, one of the most interesting parts of the LA Auto Show is the Design Challenge, in which automakers are invited to rack their brains, sharpen their pencils and crank out a concept that best matches a set of predetermined parameters. This year, manufacturers were challenged to come up with a concept that was stylish, engaging to drive, and easy on the environment, all wrapped in a 1,000-lb. package. Automakers from Honda to Maybach rolled out their ideas of what said vehicle should look like, and while the judges crowned both Cadillac and Smart as this year's winners, we were intrigued by the Nissan iV.

Fortunately, Nissan has been kind enough to give us a closer look at the vehicle. The spec sheet for the iV reads like a who's who of concept fantasy, with building materials sourced from fast-growing ivy and spider silk, plus a propulsion and steering system that makes use of clever electromagnets. While a bio-battery stores energy for your commute, the iV also makes use of a supercapacitor to recover energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. Hit the jump to take a look at a video of the concept.



[Source: Nissan]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this car!! Nissan really should build this!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Waaaay cooler than the leaf! I want to see this in the flesh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, check out my concept car:
      An equivalent of 3,000 Hp electric drive
      5 GazlionWatt battery (fully organic, recyclable)
      15,000,000 Km range on one charge
      15 seconds recharge time
      300 Pounds weight
      Seats 20, handles like F1
      Fits into a suitcase
      Looks like solid gold
      Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G, 15 50-inch screens, a 400 c.f. fridge, 3 bathrooms, Olympic-sized swimming pool, 5 bedrooms and 2 restaurants
      Priced from low $10,000

      Probability of being built ~10^-15,000.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Makes sense to me. Give me about five months. This shouldn't be so difficult.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Super lightweight renewable materials and parts that grow now that's an idea even if it's years from now.. That wood car image blows me away
      • 4 Years Ago
      If we can't have flying Jetson-cars then at least give us this! That drivetrain and suspension are fabulous. Oh, and I want it to look like a 1960s car of my choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That video is amazing and this car is so futuristic I absolutely LOVE IT!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car should be in the TRON game. Way to go Nissan, finally a concept car I can get excited about (the original Dodge Power-wagon concept was way cool too). Even if Nissan never builds this car it at least shows us Nissan isn't asleep like so many other manufactures out there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        THIS SHOULD BE GT5 or get into Grand Turismo 6 but that will probably be delayed for 5 years.

        I want to drive it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is my favorite design of the 1000lb cars. Its just awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it. I really want to see that power/drivetrain in action.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does this thing also make really sharp 90 degree turns?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the transparent body. Don't drive naked! Oops! What am I saying? Drive naked! I like the wood finish. I'll take oak.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Magnetic in-wheel motors is totally sci-fi but who knows in 20 years. I never thought I'd have an iphone that does absolutely everything.

      Crazy how the clip shows how it works. I cant stop watching the video
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