One of the more intriguing attractions on display at the ongoing New York International Auto Show is Nissan's NV200, the so-called "Taxi of Tomorrow" that the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) will phase in as the exclusive taxi of NYC starting late next year. Here at PopSci, when we hear words like "The X of Tomorrow," our ears prick way up. And the NV200 offers some nice features, like places to charge mobile devices, expanded cargo space and legroom, and dedicated rear compartment climate control. But the taxi of the future it is not. In fact, when one looks at hyper-connected future and the smart devices driving it, the "taxi of tomorrow" looks a lot like the taxi of 2005.
We all know that one of the biggest obstacles to electric car adoption is the long, often overnight recharge time. But Nissan claims that they've created a new charging system that'll fill up your car (Nissan would undoubtedly prefer to say "your Leaf") in only ten minutes--not much different than a regular trip to the Earth-killing pump.
Esflow outdrives Nissan's first electric car Leaf and prices better than Tesla's Roadster
By Lawrence UlrichPosted 04.07.2011 at 3:53 pm 0 Comments
When Nissan introduced its Leaf last year, it became the first major automaker to enter the modern pure-electric-vehicle market, which was previously populated almost entirely by tiny carmakers such as the Palo Alto, California, company Tesla Motors. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that his company would invest more than $5 billion in electric cars through 2013, and that it would soon become the world's largest electric-vehicle maker.
By Lawrence UlrichPosted 02.24.2011 at 11:40 am 0 Comments
The crossover SUV has reached a crossroads. Models like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have grown so large and homogenized that they've become the new family SUV. Bite-sized boxes such as the Scions, Kia Souls and Nissan Cubes have plenty of attitude, but they've never been sporty enough to be taken seriously.
Zero to 60 in under five seconds, sports care handling and performance, and zero emissions; that’s what Nissan is promising with it’s new ESFLOW sports car, a pure EV concept two-seater that captures the “joy of driving” while remaining “environmentally sympathetic.” Assuming, that is, that Nissan ever gets around to rolling it off the assembly line.
The Nissan Leaf is the first of its kind: a truly mass-market battery-electric car. Starting in December, Nissan will begin selling and leasing the car in North America, Europe and Japan. Globally, it will build 50,000 Leafs for the 2011 model year.