Nissan Leaf, e-NV200 get orange treatment for Ultraman Ginga S

Japanese TV show fights crime with electric vehicle power

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The automobile-as-crime-fighting-teammate concept dates back at least to the 1960s Batman television series, gained further currency during the 1980s with Knight Rider and was referenced in the recent Kia ads featuring Los Angeles Clippers basketball star Blake Griffin and Jack McBrayer of 30 Rock fame.

Now, Nissan has put a bright, colorful spin on the idea by tricking out both a Leaf electric vehicle and an e-NV200 electric van for the Japanese television show Ultraman Ginga S. A far cry from the aforementioned muscle cars (the Leaf powertrain delivers just 107 horsepower), the vehicles still cut dashing figures by featuring a lot of orange, a bunch of geegaws, a body kit and cannons. Yes, cannons. They were shown off at the Tokyo Toy Show. The Ultraman Ginga series debuted on Japanese television just last year, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

Nissan started making the real-world e-NV200 electric van in Spain in May. No plans have been announced for US sales, though the Japanese automaker will export the van to its home country. There's an explanatory video and Nissan's press release about the Ultraman Ginga vehicles below, but we apologize in advance, as you will need to be able to read Japanese for the PR. The video has been helpfully translated.

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日産自動車株式会社(本社:神奈川県横浜市西区 社長:カルロス ゴーン)は、株式会社円谷プロダクション(本社:東京都渋谷区 社長:大岡 新一)と共同プロモーションを実施すると発表しました。



番組内ではグローバル累計販売台数が11万5千台を突破した「日産リーフ」と、今年10月に発売を予定している「e-NV200」が、電気自動車ならではの機能である電力供給システム「Leaf to Home」を活用し、ストーリー中の特殊演出を加えたシーンで、重要なサポート役を果たしています。



日時: 6月12日(木)11:30~
場所: 東京ビッグサイト 西4ホール No.4-1バンダイブース

日時: 6月12日(木)13:00~
場所: 東京ビッグサイト 西4ホール No.K-15日産自動車ブース



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