Nissan Demonstrates “micromobility” In New York

MAR 27 2016 BY MARK KANE 31

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan demonstrates in New York the New Mobility Concept.

This tiny two-seater was originally introduced by Renault in Europe as the Twizy, and so far has found more than 17,000 buyers over a few years. Soon sales (of the Twizy) will begin also in Canada.

Nissan presents New Mobility Concept from time to time in Japan, and in the U.S. launched even a small pilot project with 10 vehicles available to rent in San Francisco.

There is however no clear answer whether Nissan will begin sales of Twizy-twin after the research project ends.

According to the press release, Nissan New Mobility Concept is equipped with the 61 kWh battery, which would be Chevrolet Bolt EV territory and wishful thinking, typo aside, the battery is still just 6.1 kWh  (from LG Chem), good for up to about 40 miles (64 km) of real world range.

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

The Renault/Nissan “micromobility” vehicle doesn’t have doors in standard form, and even “windows” are an option, so the NNMC will not be vehicle for everybody, and in all weather conditions. The other noticeable drawback when driving is the hard suspension.

“Nissan is kicking off the preview week of the 2016 New York International Auto Show by looking into the future of mobility and discussing how emerging trends already are changing the way people get from place to place, especially in crowded urban environments.”

“Based on the west coast, Nissan Future Lab was established in 2014 as an extension of Nissan’s global advanced planning group and looks decades ahead to identify potential issues and opportunities for the business today and into the future. Nissan Future Lab looks beyond products and examines the future of mobility in a wider sense. The group is inspired by rapid developments in automotive technology such as electric, autonomous and connected vehicles and trends like ride sharing.”

“In October, Nissan Future Lab partnered with Scoot Networks, adding 10 NNMC’s to Scoot’s fleet in San Francisco, a city that has many of the same traffic and parking challenges as New York City. These test NNMCs (known there as Scoot Quads) rent for $6 for a half hour use or $80 for a full day.

With their 7.6-foot length, about the size of four-tenths of the all-new Nissan TITAN XD pickup that will be on display at the New York International Auto Show, the NNMCs have the potential to help reduce pollution and traffic congestion in the city. Parking is also a major benefit, with three NNMCs able to fit head-in into one parking space (where permitted). For demonstration purposes in New York City, the four vehicles are wrapped in different primary colors with the hashtag #NissanFutureLab down the sides.”

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Rachel Nguyen, director, Nissan Future Lab said:

“As large cities continue to grow into megacities globally, we need to better understand how transportation is changing and anticipate what transportation needs will look like in the future. With the fast-paced growth of smart technologies and the emergence of the sharing economy, we are studying how this size and package of electric vehicle fits in real life customer situations.”

“Urbanization and the growth of megacities – particularly in developing countries – is the biggest challenge facing the automotive industry. It’s mind boggling to think there’s only about 10 megacities now and in 20 years there will be 30. Mobility is a major driving force central to how these megacities will develop.”

 Nissan New Mobility Concept Specs
Wheelbase66.4 in.
Overall length92.0 in.
Overall width48.7 in.
Overall height57.2 in.
Powertrain17-horsepower electric motor with 6.1 kWh Lithium ion battery
Weight1,045 pounds
RangeApproximately 40 miles
Charging time3.5 hours on
Top speed 25 miles per hour
SafetyDriver supplemental air bag, 4-point front seat belt, 3-point rear seatbelt
Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

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It will be real fun driving that thing when it is zero degrees outside.

Actually, it might be fun. At least you will know you are alive. You will be trapped in a box for a very long time, when you are dead. Get out of your car and experience life.


Well, it like a quad with roof, airbag and seat belt.
Crash test results? Here you are:

Green means very low injury risk and red very high injury risk (at 50km/h).


But the setup was somehow a little fishy.
Look at the seat position in this video.(18 seconds in)

No one over 5ft 5 would put the seat that far forward.
Basically you only move the seat to gain access to the back.

But some obscure regulation maybe says they have to test it in the middle position?

Holy crap! I’ve never seen a side impact test on any car where the bumper of the impacting car actually hits the dummy’s hip. Also the was dummy head snapped to the side looked pretty severe.

Guys, first it is a quad!!!
It does hit the battery case not the hip.
Massive honeycomb aluminium structural element.
Look at the Data 😉 Medium risk on side impact !!!!

Adding windows and some seat warmers shouldn’t be too hard. This thing is tailor made for New York otherwise. I can imagine banks of ride-shares – a hybrid of zipcar and citi bike if you will.

With windows, you’ll cause a problem: There’s nothing like a windscreen heating (no warm air, noch heating wires inside etc. because it would cost energy/range). But your breath etc. will increase the humidity inside – and it can’t get out because of the windows. Now guess what will happen if it’s not quite warm -> condensation also at the windscreen…


Here in Germany there are some windowkits available.
Ther greatly reduce the wind , but don’t seal the cabin.
Normally you can order a Twizy with windscereen heating. For the 50miles version its regulation here in

A 50 Watt 12V heating blanket for the seat will not kill the DC/DC and won’t reduce the milage noticeably.

I know some people who drive this configuration here in Berlin in winter.
The climate here is very simmilar to NY.

BTW: I drive my Twizy in winter without these modifactions.
As low as 15 F you don’t need any modifications.
Just wear what you would wear walking the street with.
(Comfort zones may vary 😉 )

25 mph is the regulated electric bicycle speed. Electric bicycles are not classified as motor vehicles and don’t require vehicle registrations or liability insurance and don’t require a drivers license to drive. Electric velomobiles also fall under the electric bicycle regulations.

I was really big into electric bicycles before I bought my FFE. This Mobility Concept is very similar to many of the velomobiles. I’m don’t know why someone put California license plates on this thing, in most states it probably wouldn’t need to be registered as long as it’s limited to 25 mph.

Actually, in most states it is a NEV, and as such has way more restrictions than an electric assist bicycle. With one rear wheel, they could sell the road legal version here as a motorcycle. But they’d need to make the front track several feet wider to regain stability, defeating much of its space saving. If we were logical, we’d ban SUV’s, and make the road version legal in all 50 states. That will never happen, of course.

I’ve seen electric velomobiles on the road without vehicle registration. But I think the distinction is that velomobiles have pedals. I know having pedals is part of the electric bicycle regulation.

The Texas Transportation Code Title 7, Chapter 551 limits electric bicycles to 100 pounds, and 20 mph.

The Twizy would fail on both counts, and towns may limit them to 35 mph streets.

An electric bicycle, ridden below 30 mph while pedaling, is pretty much invisible to police, and can be ridden anywhere, but divided highways without attracting attention.

A vehicle, like the Twizy, in urban areas, won’t go 5 miles without drawing the attention of the police in most places. In rural areas, like mine, people ride around in four wheel ATV’s, wearing camouflage, and toting hunting rifles. Police don’t stop them, even though their are illegal.

Twizy EVs in the snow? No problem, see

Full speed (80kph/50mph) Twizy EVs (aka Twizy 80) sell well in Europe and other countries. It is only until now that N. America gets to have a slower version of them.

Because of regulations, N. America (U.S. & Canada) are not getting the above Twizy 80 EVs. The Twizy 40 is a de-tuned Twizy to go no faster than a Low Speed EV (LSEV, aka nEV – 40kph/25mph).

Renault is letting their partner Nissan re-badge their Twizy 40 (offered to French teens – a teen Twizy if you will). The Twizy 40 will be sold in Canada in summer of 2016.

And after Nissan’s timid -pr- splash and trials, if they sell them in the U.S. it will be the same Twizy 40 LSEV being sold in Canada. For those U.S. buyers that can’t wait, maybe explore if you can buy and bring a Canadian bought Twizy 40 home(?).


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This is in direct competition with the GEM, which offers 8.9 kWh and 12.4 kWh lithium ion batteries, optional quarter, half and full doors, rear window, cargo, and 2, 4, or 6 seat options.

Wow, I can get a fully decked out GEM car for about $30K…

If Nissan had any sense, they would have re-badged the Zoe for sale in N.A.

I wish Renault would do what is necessary to get this out of NEV status and allow it to highway speeds.

+1million! I don’t need or want a full 2nd car but I can’t by a twizy 80 in Australia because it is not a car. Come on, there is no reason you can’t drive around town safely in a twizy.

kdawg said:

“I wish Renault would do what is necessary to get this out of NEV status and allow it to highway speeds.”

Aren’t there minimum standards for crash test safety, to be certified as operable on the highways for cars sold as new in the USA?

No way will this quadricycle pass those tests.

Does Nissan understand that it really does get cold in the winter in New York, and sometimes unpleasantly hot in the summer? And that it rains frequently? That sometimes it even snows? Let’s be clear: The Twizy is a fair-weather, low-speed NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle), suitable for low-speed local travel in subtropical or Mediterranean climates, but definitely not suitable for temperate (or colder) regions such as New York. Even the version of the Twizy which has windows still doesn’t have a waterproof cabin; you’d have to wear a raincoat inside the car when it rains! Even if Americans didn’t have an aversion to driving mirocars which offer very little protection in the event of a collision with a real car, the Twizy wouldn’t sell well — or even rent well — in New York City. “Nissan presents New Mobility Concept from time to time in Japan, and in the U.S. launched even a small pilot project with 10 vehicles available to rent in San Francisco.” San Francisco’s climate would certainly make that city a much more suitable market for tourists renting such a car than NYC, altho even there I wonder: Who wants to drive a car that won’t keep… Read more »

Articles about the Twizy and the Smart always show them parked perpendicular to the curb… I’m not familiar with any jurisdiction where that’s actually legal, although it’s not always enforced (there’s usually language like “must park parallel to the curb, unless markings specify othereise”).

Motorcycles do it all the time. It’s the safest method and most space efficient.

I saw an online discussion of this subject once. Some comments claimed that it is legal in certain areas, altho perhaps none of those areas are in the USA.

Even if you can fit three in one parking space, a lot of New Yorkers still won’t have access to space park it, let alone a space within reach of a charger.

But then, parking lots will love them, three times the revenue from same spot.

Makes no sense for a market like New York or Canada. In Canada it will be hit I am sure with a full car insurance, yet you will not be able to use it 12 month a year. 9-10 at best and you will look silly on many days.

Parking, like in the picture will be a problem as well. Canadians don’t get motorcycles in general, this will be another obstacle in their travels.

I predict a complete flop in Canada.

“I predict a complete flop in Canada.”

But you can get more or less the same thing by taking a tiny highway-capable EV, such as the Smart EV, and…

1. Electronically limit the speed to 40 or 50 MPH

2. Remove part of the battery pack so it has a lower range

3. Remove the wheels and put on non-standard tiny ones, to ensure you’ll get the full impact of every bump and pothole

4. Smash out the windows

5. Remove all airbags except one

6. Saw away the front and rear crumple zones

7. Of the remaining structural members, saw them all thru about 2/3 or 3/4 of the way, so the car will fold like an accordion if it’s ever in an accident.

What could possibly go wrong? 😉

Edit: Actually, I’m not sure the Twizy’s wheels are significantly smaller than the Smart’s.

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We drove around for years in 1961-1970 in a little volkswagen, no seatbelts, rural roads, and dad even drove to the city daily to work, never ever any car accident. All all was fine. 6 little kids, 2 parents. No Laws. No problems. Not even any inspection stickers. No such thing. It was a new car in 1961. We are now back to common law. No such thing as US Regulations. The US has been foreclosed on by China. Back to freedom. No more IRS. Just sales tax. Income tax is illegal. No tax returns. I am excited about this electric car. If I can get to a warm climate. It is great. I would avoid heavily travelled roads. Sweet on a country road.