2011 Tokyo: Nissan Pivo 3 Concept hints at solution for urban EV traveling

Nissan Pivo 3 Concept

One of the main themes at this year’s 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is urban electric mobility. It seems every Japanese automaker from Toyota to Honda and (obviously) Nissan has something to show for urban zero-emissions traveling.

Nissan has shown up to Tokyo with the Pivo 3 Concept, its eighth EV concept. Right off the bat, Nissan says that “this is not just a show car – PIVO 3 is what Nissan envisions to be a more ‘realistic’ EV of the near future.”

The Nissan Pivo 3 seats three passengers  and is powered by an electric motor and by-wire control technology to allow freedom of layout and the downsizing of many mechanical parts. Similar to the PIVO 2, PIVO 3 uses in-wheel motors (IWM) to give wheels great freedom of movement, and more space in the vehicle chassis.

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“PIVO is one of the answers for active urbanists living in mature markets,” said Francois Bancon, Deputy Division General Manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning Division. “Through the three PIVO proposals, we have gained a deep understanding of their needs in such large, metropolitan areas. Each of the eight concepts that we have created address different needs, different communities, different lifestyles for different markets. That makes zero emission mobility an ambitious statement for the company… At Nissan, we believe that the world is changing and mobility has a role to play to make it better.”

– By: Roman Bronfenbrener