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Nissan Shows New Mobility Concept

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On: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 10:06AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Shows New Mobility Concept

Exploring the ground between the subcompact and personal mobility devices like the Segway has been a popular course of action lately. The latest example is this mobility concept from Nissan, a vehicle which it unveiled this week. In a clear case of the engineering department wearing out all its creativity on the concept itself, Nissan chose the name "New Mobility Concept" for the tiny urban car.

Like the Renault Twizy, which was shown in full production garb at the Paris Motor Show, the New Mobility Concept is powered by a small, 15-kW electric motor. The two-seat, zero-emissions concept can reach speeds of up to 47 mph and distances up to 60 miles per charge. Unlike the Twizy, there are no current production plans for the NMC, and Nissan is using it more as an exploratory vehicle. The company mentioned a "seamless mobility service" use, which would have the NMC vehicles linking urban drivers with public transportation in order to cut down on traffic and pollution.

Looks-wise, the NMC can only be described as a futuristic golf cart. Its tiny size supposedly gives it handling more congruous with a motorcycle than a car. It's designed to be much more driver-friendly than a motorcycle, though, allowing anyone to safely drive.

Concepts like this always leave me asking: "Do these vehicles have a real future?" I'm particularly suspect to anything that bears a name or resemblance to a "personal mobility device" given the huge, overhyped fail of the Segway. I also feel like there's a point when you either choose a car or you choose a scooter or bike. Do consumers really want a tiny, ugly, limited speed/range electric vehicle just for commuting around the city?

Similar concepts that we've seen over the past year or two include the Honda P-NUT and the P.U.M.A, a collaborative effort between GM and Segway. Whether they prove a success (or even an option) in the future remains to be seen, but it seems that we're going to be looking at a lot of them.

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alewis | 12:49PM (Mon, Nov 8, 2010)

As a Nissan owner, I would enjoy if you could do some additional post on Nissan. More articles on your future concept cars!

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