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Nissan Townpod

Nissan Townpod

Nissan Townpod
Make Nissan
Model Townpod
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine Electric

The Nissan Townpod is a compact zero-emission city car concept which was debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

But it's not just a car, the Townpod is also a mobile office and light commercial vehicle. The whole idea behind the concept is one of versatility and usability.

The Nissan Townpod is specifically aimed at self-employed people, as these people's requirements from a vehicle can change daily. Francois Bancon, general manager of Nissan's Exploratory and Advance Planning Department said of the concept: "The self employed tend to have very high expectations. They need to make the most of every investment. They will be early adopters of the possibilities made available through the convergence of electric-vehicle innovations and information and technology."

The cargo area, passenger space and dashboard are clean and uncluttered, but not bland. The driver is faced with an uncomplicated yet futuristic steering wheel and two familiar stalks to operate the lights and wipers, but other than these controls the dashboard is devoid of any mechanical switches. Forward or reverse is selected using an simple joystick set into the right-hand side of the driver's seat base.

All the controls for interior systems such as climate control and media playback are accessed through two centrally mounted digital screens. The Townpod's upper monitor serves as an instrument panel, displaying car speed, battery status and remaining range as well as a satellite navigation system.

The rear seat of the Nissan Townpod has an interesting trick incorporated into its design. The ultra-slim design of the seats means that the rear bench can fold and slide right into the back of the front seats, freeing the entire, flat-bottomed space behind to carry bulky cargo.

For the Townpod concept Nissan's designers have also created a simple but unique device called 'The Puck'. The Puck is a rubber ball, roughly the size of a squash ball, with a wide groove cut into it. This groove can accommodate cup holders, cell-phone holders, handbag hooks or other items Nissan or other product manufacturers think will be useful in a car.

Powering the Nissan Townpod concept is a zero-emission electric drivetrain which utilizes lithium-ion batteries.

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