Nissan Demonstrates “micromobility” In New York
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.
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.”
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 Wheelbase 66.4 in. Overall length 92.0 in. Overall width 48.7 in. Overall height 57.2 in. Powertrain 17-horsepower electric motor with 6.1 kWh Lithium ion battery Weight 1,045 pounds Range Approximately 40 miles Charging time 3.5 hours on Top speed 25 miles per hour Safety Driver supplemental air bag, 4-point front seat belt, 3-point rear seatbelt