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Nissan’s Twinzy EV concept: Smart Car meets golf cart?

I’m not completely convinced that electric vehicles are the future, but they do seem like they could be a viable intermediary. Case in point is the Nissan New Mobility Concept. It’s not a car in the traditional sense, but it’ll get you moving.

This vehicle is basically a rebadged Renault Twinzy with a sticker reminding us of its zero emission nature. Nissan says that it can be used for “seamless mobility service” and for “two-mode EV car sharing.” Basically, it’s a short commuter with a presumed range of 25 to 40 miles or so.

The open sides remind me too much of a golf cart, making it not as pleasant under rainy or windy conditions and the profile makes me think of the Smart Car, which I don’t particularly like in the first place. This is just a concept, so no one really needs doors in the auto showroom.

I think I’d much rather roll around town in a Chevy Volt or a Nissan Leaf, but I guess the Nissan “New Mobility Concept” vehicle has its place somewhere too. Like on the back lots of Warner Bros or while navigating through the back nine.

SOURCE: Nissan

NISSAN PRESENTS NEW MOBILITY CONCEPT FOR SUSTAINABLE ZERO-EMISSION SOCIETY

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd today announced a proposal for new mobility in a sustainable zero emission society and an electric vehicle (EV) embodying its proposal, ‘NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT’.

Nissan continues to envision new possibilities realised by EVs. One proposal is a sustainable, efficient and convenient mode of transportation focussing on the increase of elderly and single households, as well as the trend of driving short-distances or in smaller groups. NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT is our proposal to make this a reality.

Four keywords outline the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT:

Innovative – New two-seater compact mobility for various needs and occasions
Easy – Size which enables anyone to drive and park easily
Safe – Manoeuvrability equivalent to motorbikes with greater safety
Clean – No emissions while driving

Nissan New Mobility Concept is a user-friendly, ultra-compact 100% electric vehicle with no emissions which is expected to be utilised in various situations in everyday life.

Nissan will study the use of this vehicle for a variety of services, such as: ‘seamless mobility service’, a highly efficient and convenient public transportation service linking public transportation and EVs supported by IT, ‘2-mode EV car sharing’, where the vehicle is used as a private commuter vehicle in the mornings and evenings, and as a corporate car during business hours, and, contributing to the revitalisation of communities with improved mobility in both urban and tourist locations.

Aiming to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility with Alliance partner Renault, Nissan will launch Nissan LEAF, the first 100% electric, mass-marketed, zero-emission car in December 2010 in Japan and the United States, and in early 2011 in Europe. In addition to the development and production of EVs, Nissan is taking a comprehensive approach to promote sustainable mobility. This includes Nissan’s engagement with more than 80 zero-emission partnerships worldwide with countries, cities, organisations and other key stakeholders, the deployment of charging infrastructure, second-life use of lithium-ion batteries in EVs and the promotion of recycling parts used in vehicle production.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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