At some point during the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan sold its 10,000th Leaf in America. Not bad for an all-electric car that has been on sale for just over a year and is not yet available in all 50 states (this landmark will be achieved by March, though). Brendan Jones, the Leaf's marketing and sales strategist for Nissan North America, was understandably enthusiastic: "From a Leaf perspective, 2011 was a great year and very positive for the company. [10,000 sales] is more EVs than have been
Despite three months of downward-trending Leaf sales, Nissan is still bullish on rolling out more electric vehicles. We know that Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has said he wants to bring at least three and more likely four Nissan EVs to market in the U.S. in the next few years. Automotive News has an article about what these four vehicles may be. Actually, the question is about what the fourth one will be, since we already know that the Leaf will be joined by an Infiniti luxury electric vehicl
Nissan has three all-electric concepts on display at the Tokyo Motor Show: the Pivo 3, the Esflow and the Townpod. One's a funky technological wonder with futuristic self-parking prowess and seating for three, one's a very sexy two-door sports car with a sub 5-second 0-60 time and one is a crossover with lots of flexible interior space.
Every other year, Nissan trots out another Pivo concept to the Tokyo Motor Show, and each successive version is weirder than the next. But this latest version – the predictably named Pivo 3 – is different. Nissan wants to build it, and while its awkward shape and trick doors won't make it to production, much of the underlying tech will.
Nissan has announced a new range of forklifts that use lithium ion batteries provided by Nissan and NEC's joint venture AESC. These batteries were first seen powering the Mixim and the Pivo 2 concepts during the Frankfurt Motor Show. Does this move of the batteries to actual production vehicles mean that we'll get us a Nissan EV as expected? Nissan states that this is part of its Nissan GT 2012 strategy to produce an EV for the U. S. in 2010 and 2012 in the rest of the world. The new forklift mo
As part of "The Science of Survival – Your Planet Needs You!" five-year traveling exhibition, London's Science Museum will feature a scale model of Nissan unique Pivo concept, first shown at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. The Pivo electric car is powered by lithium ion batteries and is capable of crab-walking its way into tight parking spots due to its 90-degree rotating wheels. The Pivo also eliminates the need for a reverse gear, as its cabin is capable of rotating to face in either directi
The cars from the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show aren't news to any of us at this point, but we can now gawk anew at the Pivo 2 and the CR-Z hybrid, the Lexus LF-Xh and the Subaru G4e (above) in screen-saver quality phots. Other vehicles our new gallery include the Toyota 1/X Concept, the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid and the Audi metroproject quattro design study. You can click on any of the names highlighted above to see high-resolution photos or on one of the thumbnails below and scan your way t
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/tech_news/More_of_Nissan_s_Pivo_2'; We just wrote about Nissan's new electric concept car Pivo 2. Below is a gallery with a few more pictures of the new R2D2-like robot companion (above) for Pivo 2. Below the fold, are two videos all about the design of the Pivo 2 and two videos about Pivo 1 which had monitors inside the car that augmented your view of the outside world. The monitors seem to be missing in Pivo 2 and I am not sure an in-car robot distraction is such