Everything you never knew that you wanted to know about Nissan's New Mobility Concept car sharing program in Japan is contained in this article*
The above video contains the official Nissan promotion trailer along with "stey-by-step" instructions on how to use the service...in a fantastical Japanese-English.
But wait, there is more!
Thanks to the combination of this author's very poor understanding of the Japanese language and Nissan's Asia-Pacific blog, we will take you step by step through the process (in exciting picture tutorial form with English captions) on one-way renting your own New Mobility Concept for the next time you are in Japan and want to travel a dozen miles or so.
NMC Car Sharing App!
ABOVE: "Hey lets rent a Nissan New Mobility Concept!" First we use our handy app to reserve the car. In this instance at 11:20 AM, the NMW will now be held for 30 minutes for your arrival.
I'm Ready To Go!
Whew, we made it to Nissan Global HQ before 11:50. And as promised, our two seat
Renault TwizyNissan New Mobility Concept is all ready to go!
%&*# It's All In Japanese, How Will I Understand How To Drive Away In This Automobile?
Perhaps you were too impatient to watch that entire 3 minute video blurb on how to rent one of these things?
No worries, there is this handy guide on how to get underway stuck on the driver's left near the floor. (Thankfully because of the 1+1 seating I won't get confused by any Japanese RHD configurations. HuZZah!)
How Great Would It Be If The Return Instructions Were Only In English?
And here (above) is the instructions on what to do when you return it. Turn your dang lights off already!
Bring The Pain - 20 Yen At A Time
Once you have read all the required, uh reading to get underway - tap your card. You are now free to drive about the country...well for about 40-50 miles and at no more than 80 km/hr (50 mph).
Billing is charged by the minute @ 20 yen per (about 20 cents USD), a pretty good bargain if you ask us.
Lets really give our Nissan NMC a real workout and head to Harbor Park - over ONE km away! (That's over 3,300 feet to you lazy, overweight US citizens) 20 minutes of walking saved!
Phew, Made It!
Somehow we have made it to our destination - Rinko Park station by the seaside! Our kilometre trek has reached its conclusion! Apparently, we did a little lollygagging along the way (which translates to couldn't find the station - maybe something to do with no nav in the NMC, and this huge cement wall obstructing the drop-off station?) and ended up spending 7 minutes from check-out to check-in.
Total cost: 140 yen spend on the voyage...that's $1.43 USD, not too shabby at all!
Sidenote: I'd personally like to thank everyone who read this Nissan NMC car sharing walkthrough all the way to the end - you are true scholars of the plug-in industry!