Nissan introduces a new electric vehicle concept for urban usage. With its compact design this vehicle can easily find its way through small and twisty European alleys but it is also stable because of the four wheels. Etienne Henry, Nissan’s head of product strategy and planning: “The Nissan urban car will be compact and nimble like a motorcycle, and will offer protection from weather conditions and the safety features of a conventional car.”
Renault already claimed this kind of mobility with the Twizy, but Nissan thinks that their new EV is even better for urban use. Another car brand aims as well for a vehicle for urban mobility. At this year’s Geneva auto show Japanese competitor, Toyota, showed its i-Road urban electric concept car. The three-wheel i-Road will only see limited production at first, and will join other Toyota EVs for a car-sharing program next year in Grenoble, France.
Some are speculating that the optimization could be delivered through ideas from the Nissan Land Glider, a two-seat electric concept car Nissan began showing in 2009. While that made “a very interesting concept with very challenging and meaningful technology,” Henry declined to comment on whether any part of the Land Glider would end up in the urban EV.
Is this the new trend in the world of EV’s? And are these the kind of cars we will drive in the future ?