Nissan PIVO 3 Concept

Concept Cars 8 Nov 2011
Nissan PIVO 3 Concept

The third generation of Nissan’s ultra compact Electric vehicle features a more conventional design, while maintaining the electric powertrain with in-wheel motors and introducing an automated parking system.

Since the introduction of the PIVO 1 Concept in 2005, Nissan has already presented seven different EV concepts including the second generation PIVO, unveiled in 2007.

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Nissan PIVO 3 ConceptAt the upcoming 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will be revealing the PIVO 3, defined by the company as a “a more realistic EV of the near future”.

Compared to the first two iterations, the new PIVO has a more traditional packaging, since it gives up the distinctive pivoting cabin.

Measuring under 3m in length, the PIVO 3 can transport three people arranged in a 1+2 seating layout.

The exterior design proposes a new direction, leaving the round surface language for a more “serious” and aggressive treatment made of sharp edges and angled surfaces, which is more in line with the current trends.

The interior is characterized by simple lines and a high-tech atmosphere defined by the white-blue color scheme.

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The three seats are almost arranged in a single row, with the driver seating in the middle, slightly forward, and the passengers’ seats moulded into the rear surfaces of the cabin.

Nissan PIVO 3 Concept Interior

All the lines, including the patterns of stripes on the driver seat’s and on the door panels, converge to the the visual core of the interior, represented by the control unit consisting of the U-shaped steering wheels and the large LCD display, and complemented by the side rear-view cameras.

Among the features of the new concept is the Automated Valet Parking (AVP), a system that allows the car to park automatically in specially-equipped parking lots.

The PIVO 3 is also capable of recharging or selling excess power to the grid. In addition, “the driver can call PIVO 3 and summon it to the driver’s location using a smartphone.”

Nissan PIVO 3 Concept SmartphoneThanks to the compact body and the narrow-tread wheels with IWM (in-wheel motors), the car has an extremely small turning radius of just 2 meters, with zero turn gap.

Like the PIVO 2, the PIVO 3 features the Robotic Agent interface, which allows the car to act as a personal assistant to the driver, and advanced connectivity options.

Below we report an official video including interviews with Francois Bancon, deputy divisional GM for product strategy, and Taro Ueda, design director of product design (part of the transcript is reported after the video).

To what extent has PIVO 3 evolved from PIVO and PIVO 2?

Taro Ueda: “It’s not an easy challenge for us. As an iconic design, it’s something we enjoy to play around, something new and [we can] forget about today’s design theme. But PIVO 3 is exactly designed for the mainstream of our EV, so we have a lot of requirements: Nissan-ness, EV-ness, to be realistic and environmentally friendly. That means we have mixture of requirements and the design teams are working hard to make sure all those requirements are combined into one design and that design should be at a higher level than PIVO and PIVO 2.

“We’re proud of this design because the final execution is such a high level of design including Nissan-ness and EV-ness and also the real-car feeling. You can feel those things through the design.”

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  1. Fatih Tezel

    what da?

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  3. Toh Cw

    look not soo smooth

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  4. Nick

    I really think they should stick with the 90 degree radius wheels of the pivo 2 design, that was one of the greatest automobile applications in my opinion. The ability to park in a spot that standard cars wouldn’t have the ability to maneuver into was a great idea.
    I also liked the rotating cab design with the pivo 2, although the pivo 3 seems to be a much more comfortable or at least acceptable design by the general population.
    And then just call me weird but I liked the bubble look and robot companion.

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