| 10th November 2011
Nissan has revealed the first look at a new electric car concept, the tiny Pivo 3.
With Nissan already having its fair share of EV (electric vehicle) concept cars, eight including this one, it is clear that it is already well acquainted when it comes to EV ideas and designs.
It even has an electric car on sale today in the shape of the Nissan Leaf, a family hatchback powered purely on electric power alone. However, the Pivo 3 concept is drastically different from the Leaf.
Nissan will be officially revealing its new Pivo 3 EV concept at the upcoming 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. But this EV concept is not just a show car; it is what Nissan call a more realistic EV of the near future.
The Pivo 3's exterior looks quite strange with its wheel arches protruding ahead of the front of the car and its diamond like shaped windows.
Its interior is a lot like a cockpit with only one seat in the centre of the car and a wide centre console display for a GPS. The cockpit design goes hand in hand with a tall windscreen that spans from the cars bonnet to high up on the roofline.
Technology wise the Nissan Pivo 3 has Automated Valet Parking (AVP), which means the car, can actually park itself. Its electric energy is created using a motor which uses by-wire control technology. This way it can be built into the Pivo more freely and eliminates many mechanical parts.
Due to the Pivo 3 being so compact it can actually make a U-turn in four metres. This type of driving ability is useful for city driving because of things like tight parking spaces.
New Nissan Pivo 3 factfile
What is the Pivo 3?
A concept electric city car that has zero tailgate emissions and with small dimensions, is designed for city driving - and parking.
Is it being put into production?
The Pivo 3 isn't actually going into production but ideas and inspiration may be used from its design. With many manufacturers researching so-called 'mobility' solutions for inner city areas and Nissan's Leaf already on sale, a small electric car could be on the horizon from the Japanese manufacturer's garage.