Nissan Nuvu concept had been displayed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Nissan Nuvu concept is designed to preview the next generation compact car from Nissan, as well as provide a testbed for a new, all-electric drivetrain.
Nissan Nuvu concept is powered by a compact rear-mounted electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. This setup gives the Nissan Nuvu concept a 77 mile (125 km) range, and reach the top speed at 75 mph (120 km/h). A quick charge from empty to full should take between 10 to 20 minutes while a full charge should take between three to four hours from a domestic 220v socket.
To top up the battery pack the Nissan Nuvu has unusual solar panel array which is integrated into the panoramic glass roof. Across the all-glass roof are a dozen or so small solar panels. Shaped like leaves on a branch, the power they generate is fed to the battery using a ‘tree trunk’ within the car as a conduit. The Nissan Nuvu also uses natural, organic and recycled materials within the cabin.
Nissan Nuvu interior are included with a pair of full-size seats up front and a single seat in the rear. All the major driving controls of the Nuvu concept – steering, braking, transmission and throttle – are ‘By-Wire’ while the steering is controlled by an aircraft-style steering yoke: with just one turn from lock to lock, the steering is very direct for agility and maneuverability in the city.
Two video screens on the dashboard display the view behind the Nissan Nuvu (there are no door mirrors). These screens also act as monitors for the ‘Around View Camera’ which gives a bird’s eye view of the car when maneuvering or parking.