The Nissan Nuvu (new view) concept went on display at
the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The Nuvu concept was designed
to preview the next generation compact car from Nissan,
as well as provide a testbed for a new, all-electric drivetrain.
Powering the diminutive Nuvu is a compact rear-mounted
electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. This setup
gives the Nuvu a 77 mile (125 km) range, and a 75 mph
(120 km/h) top speed. Nothing spectacular, but for city
use the Nuvu's performance is more than adequate. A quick
charge from empty to full should take between 10 to 20
minutes while a full charge should take between three
to four hours from a domestic 220v socket.
To top up the battery pack the Nuvu has unusual solar
panel array which is integrated into the panoramic glass
roof. Across the all-glass roof are a dozen or so small
solar panels. Shaped like leaves on a branch, the power
they generate is fed to the battery using a 'tree trunk'
within the car as a conduit. The Nissan Nuvu also uses
natural, organic and recycled materials within the cabin.
Inside the Nissan Nuvu are a pair of full-size seats up
front and a single seat in the rear. All the major driving
controls of the Nuvu concept - steering, braking, transmission
and throttle are 'By-Wire' while the steering is
controlled by an aircraft-style steering yoke: with just
one turn from lock to lock, the steering is very direct
for agility and maneuverability in the city.
Two video screens on the dashboard display the view behind
the Nuvu (there are no door mirrors). These screens also
act as monitors for the 'Around View Camera' which gives
a bird's eye view of the car when maneuvering or parking.
is literally a 'new view' at the future of the city car.
It is electric, of course, but as far as Nissan is concerned,
for tomorrow's city cars that is a given. No, the most
important aspect of Nuvu is the interior design which
provides great comfort and space in an intelligent package
designed to make best use of our crowded roads and limited
parking slots." Said François Bancon, General Manager,
of Nissan's Exploratory and Advance Planning Department,
Product Strategy and Product Planning Division.
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