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Pininfarina Nido EV

Pininfarina Nido EV

Pininfarina Nido EV

Pininfarina Nido EV

Pininfarina Nido EV

Pininfarina Nido EV
Make Pininfarina
Model Nido EV
Concept year 2010
Production year -
Engine electric

The Pinfarina Nido EV is a prototype model, and the second car in the Nido development program. The first Nido concept was unveiled in 2004, it was used to examine and improve crash protection in small cars. The Nido EV adds to this with the implementation of an all-electric drivetrain.

Designed and built entirely by the Pininfarina Style and Engineering Centre of Cambiano (Turin). The Nido EV is one of the first results of a program started by Pininfarina three years ago which focused on developing sustainable and ecologically friendly transportation.

From the outside the Nido EV looks identical to the first petrol-powered Nido concept. Which is a good thing considering what a great looking small car it is. In fact in 2004 it won the award for the Most Beautiful Car in the World in the Prototypes and concept cars category. The inside however is functional and, as you might expect from an experimental prototype, quite bland and simple. But Pininfarina are the first to admit that they've not tried to make the inside nice. Yet.

The Nido EV is essentially a rolling testbed designed to help Pininfarina experiment with the electrification of a small city car and to develop a modular floorpan. The body structure of this first prototype is a tubular steel frame, while the final version will have an aluminium space frame. The structure was designed to adapt to four different, completely electric or hybrid vehicles: 2-seater, 2+2, pickup and light van.

Powering the Nido EV is a rear-mounted 30kW electric motor which produces 125 Nm of torque from zero rpm. This is fed by a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery. When fully charged it has a 87 mile (140 km) range and a 75 mph (120km/h) top speed. One clever feature of the Nido EV's electric drivetrain is that unlike most battery systems, the Zebra Z5 battery is 100 percent recyclable once it is finished.

The "Nido Development Programme" also envisages the development of two more, slightly larger versions: the first will be a hybrid with an endothermic engine positioned at the front and an electrical engine at the rear; the second will be electric with a front engine. In both cases, the position of the engine makes it possible to increase roominess to seat 4, and to improve weight distribution.

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Source: Pininfarina

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