Nissan New Mobility Concept
  • Nissan New Mobility Concept
Nissan's Renault Twizy-based New Mobility Concept – an urban electric vehicle revealed back in November of 2010 – is just about ready to roam the roads in Japan.

On September 29, Nissan announced that seven electric Mobility Concepts will hit public streets in and around Yokohama, Japan as part of the automaker's urban mobility trial. The first batch of Mobility Concepts will be wheeled out October 15 and the second phase will kick off on November 17. That second stage is where local residents – and even tourists – will get to test the two-seat Mobility Concept on public roads.

Nissan's aim with these trials is to prove that the vehicle's maneuverability, compact dimensions (just 7.7 feet long) and zero-emissions driving at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour make perfect sense for most urban commuters. Seven vehicles should do it, no?


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      • 2 Months Ago
      Slightly off topic but I figured this would be the place to ask: Does anyone know of a site for NEVs that does comparisons/reviews? Also I am trying to figure out how hard it would be to build one cheaply, if anyone has experience or links for that. I live in CA and could take surface streets to work so the 25mph would not be too bad. Thanks
      russellbgeister
      • 2 Months Ago
      oh no another fancy japanese electric wheelchair
      Spec
      • 2 Months Ago
      Well that would not be street legal in the USA. We have weird thing about vehicle safety . . . you can ride on a 2-wheel vehicle that goes 100+mph, no seat belt, and, nothing surrounds you. But if you want to drive a car, you can't do it unless it passes crash tests, has airbags, passes all sorts of safety regulations, etc. Why can't we have more of a continuum?
        lne937s
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Spec
        It would absolutely be street legal in the US. It would qualify as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, or NEV. This car is much safer than most of the vehicles in the class, as it does have a driver's airbag.
          lne937s
          • 2 Months Ago
          @lne937s
          25 miles per hour would comply with the speed limits here in NYC. There is already a version that have a 25mph speed limit, so you are safe there. It is designed to replace heavy scooters, to be used places where scooters make sense, while offering greater safety and utility than a scooter.
          skierpage
          • 2 Months Ago
          @lne937s
          @spec, "At 25 mph, you might as well buy a bicycle." I'm so f***ing tired of this class of statement! Everyone vigorously assents, smugly dismisses the innovative vehicle du jour {this Twizy, NEV, Sparrow, Segway, GM EN-V, BMW C-1}, etc. *and then GETS IN THEIR 3,000 POUND LARDMOBILE TO DRIVE 5-12 MILES SOLO to work or the store*. Bicycles are a fantastic amazing underrated invention. I actually use mine for ~3/4 of my trips. But wake up to reality: they sit in most people's garages, unused and gathering dust.
          Spec
          • 2 Months Ago
          @lne937s
          As described, it would not be street legal as an NEV. To make it into an NEV, you'd have to limit its speed from 50mph to 25mph which basically kills much of the utility of the vehicle. At 25 mph, you might as well buy a bicycle.
        Arun Murali
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Spec
        Thats cause there is no safety regulation for 2-wheeled vehicles. It is assumed that only people who are really interested in driving 2-wheeled vehicle learn to drive well and know the risks. In few countries, the safety for 2-wheeled vehicles is achieved by strict driving license procedures. For example you cannot drive a 600cc bike from day one in most parts of Europe. In Australia, you need to know how to properly fall from the bike before ever getting a license. Even with these regulations there are many gaps. Even in current car regulations, a 5 star rated 1 tonne car has literally no chance of survival if it is in a tail ended collision with a 40 tonne truck at 50 MPH. Most cars' joint (seam) weldings will fail if it crashed 10% faster than the designated speed of 64 mph, rendering the entire shell useless. But there is certainly no better safety than intelligent and/or responsible drivers.
      Les Seventies
      • 2 Months Ago
      I am wonder if Nissan will rent the batteries like Renault Twizy (49 euro month) or sale the batteries with the car like Nissan Leaf... As scooter user, I like this car, it allow to 'ride' safely without to wear any leather in hot summer ;-) A A/C or heater consume too much electricity compare to what is required to move the car, this is the explanation for the lack of door: no door-no HVAC, you just have to wear adequately.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Les Seventies
        "...this is the explanation for the lack of door: no door-no HVAC, you just have to wear adequately." Fine for cold weather, or for rain, but it's hard to deal with heat - only so many clothes that might be removed! But in general, I agree with you.
      • 2 Months Ago
      This vehicle will be put through the European crash tests, I believe, and so should be perfectly safe. I thought it was too fast to qualify as a NEV in the States?
        • 2 Months Ago
        I was wrong about the Eurocap. No rating for this vehicle, although it does have an airbag and front crumple zone: http://onthesidewalls.co.uk/2011/05/04/on-the-sidewalls-review-renault-twizy/ I believe the lack of doors may have something to do with qualifying the car as a quadricycle in France, which can be driven without a full licence
          • 2 Months Ago
          Euroncap is for M1 vehicles (tourism). Twizy is L6e, heavy quadricycle. But it is very safe. Read this with a translator: http://www.elmundo.es/elmundomotor/2011/04/11/coches/1302521513.html http://blogs.elpais.com/coche-electrico/2011/04/primera-prueba-del-twizy-el-urbanita-alternativo-y-electrico-de-renault.html
          krisztiant
          • 2 Months Ago
          Nissan took a different approach than it’s sister company Renault, and received permission from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to start trials of its Concept EV on public roads in Yokohama. Participants must be 21 and above and have had a regular passenger car license for 3 years or more. Nissan will be providing 7 vehicles at no cost to the city of Yokohama and is hoping to get usage data from a range of drivers, as well as researching the social needs for very small vehicles like these. Thus, it's a special cooperation between Nissan Motor Co. and Yokohama, with special permissions for "violating" (Japanese) regulations. http://integrityexports.com/2011/09/30/nissan-new-mobility-concept-2-seater-ev-in-yokohama/
          • 2 Months Ago
          Not L6e.... is L7e. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorised_quadricycle
        krisztiant
        • 2 Months Ago
        You thought right. NEV Technical Specification: (19) The vehicle top speed shall not exceed 25 mph when tested in accordance with 49 CFR 571.500. So, it can't qualify as NEV. US lawmakers should specify this new emerging vehicle trend to help rationalize city traffic. For that matter, this Mobility Concept looks better and more usable than anything, in this category, at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. It has an actual chance to be mass produced (but naturally with real doors). Nissan must know something about EVs.
          lne937s
          • 2 Months Ago
          @krisztiant
          There are different versions of the vehicle. The version in Europe that doesn't require a driver's license would qualify. However, a speed limiter is a relatively simple thing, probably just a line of code ot two... or put in a lower final drive gear and make it a hot rod from 0-25. http://www.renault.com/en/Vehicules/renault/Pages/twizy.aspx
      • 2 Months Ago
      Finally with complete doors. (Readed in Renault facebook).
      Nathan Lemmon
      • 2 Months Ago
      With a capability to travel at 50 mph this would be perfect for driving around in Boston. Just don't take it on the major arteries and you're all set. Looks like it only has one seat so it's really no different than a motorcycle in relation to safety. You get added visibility - perfect for zipping around the corner to pick up some milk or to pick up your dry cleaning. A little bit of storage behind the seat. You could line these things up like bicycles for parking. For a summer ride - what's stopping us? Oh, that's right an auto industry that's dug in so deep it'll take a bunker-buster to root 'em out.
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Nathan Lemmon
        Its a two seater, like a scooter. I'm betting there will be an instant market for fitting doors to keep out the weather
      Sukairain
      • 2 Months Ago
      I think I saw a bunch of these on the golf course the other day, what's the big deal?
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