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Home » Green Car News » Nissan Green Cars

Nissan NUVU: Reshaping the city (10/10/2008)

nissan NUVU concept car

 
 

Within just a few years, cities all over the world will be at near bursting point. If mankind wants to retain the level of personal mobility it currently enjoys – and if the city is to survive – the only way forward is for a radical rethink of the type of cars driven there. One solution could be a car like Nuvu, designed for the city of the not-too-distant future.

“Nuvu 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.”

EV drivetrain
Nuvu is more than a styling concept of a future EV. It is a fully working mobile test bed for much of the technology that will be used in Nissan’s production EV to be launched in 2010. For this reason elements of its technical specification are being kept secret for the time being.

The electric motor used in Nuvu is mounted at the rear of the vehicle and drives the back wheels, though neither its exact specification nor the power and torque figures are being released at this stage. A driving range of 125 kms and top speed of 120 km/h are being made public, however.

 

 

NUVU

PERFORMANCE

 

 
Driving range

 

125

Max speed

km/h

120

BATTERY

 

 
Type

 

laminated lithium-ion battery

Capacity per kg 

Wh/kg

140 Wh/kg

Charging times

 

quick charger: 10-20 min; home-use 220V charger: 3-4 hrs

Battery layout

 

Under seat & floor

 

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