Nissan Renault Twizy based on new Mobility concept


At first glance, Nissan's New Mobility Concept fooled us. We looked at the images and saw nothing more than a slightly modified Renault Twizy with a Nissan badge and "zero-emissions" lettering. But when we turned to the automaker's press release, we discovered that the New Mobility Concept is not really about the vehicle – whether it be Twizy-based or a ground-up design – it's about discovering new ways to in which electric vehicles (EVs) can be designed to meet our driving needs in the future.

Nissan envisions the New Mobility Concept as but one proposal that could provide an efficient and convenient mode of transportation in the future. The concept vehicle will be used to study two possible car-sharing scenarios that Nissan hopes will one day become reality:
  • Seamless mobility service: a highly efficient and convenient public transportation service linking public transportation and EVs supported by IT.
  • Two-mode EV car sharing: where the vehicle is used as a private commuter vehicle in the mornings and evenings, and as a corporate car during business hours.
Additionally, Nissan hopes that the vehicle's maneuverability, compact dimensions and emissions-free driving experience will prove that owning a vehicle like the New Mobility Concept makes perfect sense for people with short-distance commutes and those who travel down congested roads on a daily basis. Hit the jump for more on Nissan's New Mobility Concept.

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NISSAN PRESENTS NEW MOBILITY CONCEPT FOR SUSTAINABLE ZERO-EMISSION SOCIETY


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd today announced a proposal for new mobility in a sustainable zero emission society and an electric vehicle (EV) embodying its proposal, 'NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT'.

Nissan continues to envision new possibilities realised by EVs. One proposal is a sustainable, efficient and convenient mode of transportation focussing on the increase of elderly and single households, as well as the trend of driving short-distances or in smaller groups. NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT is our proposal to make this a reality.

Four keywords outline the NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT:

Innovative – New two-seater compact mobility for various needs and occasions
Easy – Size which enables anyone to drive and park easily
Safe – Manoeuvrability equivalent to motorbikes with greater safety
Clean – No emissions while driving

Nissan New Mobility Concept is a user-friendly, ultra-compact 100% electric vehicle with no emissions which is expected to be utilised in various situations in everyday life.

Nissan will study the use of this vehicle for a variety of services, such as: 'seamless mobility service', a highly efficient and convenient public transportation service linking public transportation and EVs supported by IT, '2-mode EV car sharing', where the vehicle is used as a private commuter vehicle in the mornings and evenings, and as a corporate car during business hours, and, contributing to the revitalisation of communities with improved mobility in both urban and tourist locations.

Aiming to be a global leader in zero-emission mobility with Alliance partner Renault, Nissan will launch Nissan LEAF, the first 100% electric, mass-marketed, zero-emission car in December 2010 in Japan and the United States, and in early 2011 in Europe. In addition to the development and production of EVs, Nissan is taking a comprehensive approach to promote sustainable mobility. This includes Nissan's engagement with more than 80 zero-emission partnerships worldwide with countries, cities, organisations and other key stakeholders, the deployment of charging infrastructure, second-life use of lithium-ion batteries in EVs and the promotion of recycling parts used in vehicle production.

First World's greenest parking with free electric vehicle charging

Denver International Airport is knee-deep in its attempt to offer frequent flyers access to one of the world's greenest parking facilities and, with work by BMW Group and DesignworksUSA whizzing along ahead of schedule, completion of the 4,200-vehicle facility has been moved up to the middle of this month.

The project, formerly known as Green Park and now referred to as the Canopy Airport Parking project, will tap into renewable power sources like solar, geothermal and wind power and will feature ground transport vehicles powered by natural gas, biodiesel and hybrid drivetrains.

On top of this, users of Denver's airport – at least those that drive electric vehicles (EVs) – will be treated to a freebie that's sure to charge things up a bit. Greenscape Capital Group and partner BMW DesignworksUSA announced that the overhauled 4,200-vehicle parking facility will also feature up to ten Garage Juice Bar multi-level (Level 1 and Level 2) charging stations. This charger, developed by Green Garage Associates and designed by BMW Designworks USA, juices up EVs free of charge. The idea of free fill ups is something we've touched on many times before, but installing ten charging units at a single site is something that we don't hear about that often. Hit the jump to learn more about the Canopy Airport Parking project.

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BMW Group DesignworksUSA creates brand experience for Canopy Airport Parking, expected to be the world's greenest parking facility


October 21, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA. – BMW Group DesignworksUSA has partnered with Canopy Airport Parking to create the brand experience, look and feel for what's anticipated to be the world's greenest parking facility.

Slated to open in time for the holiday season in November 2010 with capacity for 4200 vehicles, Canopy Airport Parking is located at 8100 Tower Road at Colorado's Denver International Airport and showcases a variety of advanced environmentally-friendly technologies, including solar power, geothermal, wind, CNG, Biodiesel and hybrid shuttles all helping to reduce consumption, costs and emissions. Canopy Airport Parking expects to attain LEED Gold certification and is also striving for Platinum certification by the Green Parking Council, the non-profit organization responsible for certifying parking structures that incorporate ecologically and socially beneficial technologies.

Through this collaboration DesignworksUSA is developing systems for Canopy Airport Parking that create a unified and uniquely rewarding customer experience for patrons across all touch points. This experience will convey Canopy's values in an integrally connected manner to heighten the sustainable foundations of this facility, and build brand equity through a highly positive customer journey. This process began with DesignworksUSA first developing an identity that communicates the brand values, positioning and promise of the facility.

Garage Juice Bar charging stations for electric vehicles, also co-created by DesignworksUSA, will be among the many innovative technologies available to customers parking at Canopy Airport Parking. Garage Juice Bar provides charging on a complimentary basis to help speed the adoption and deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations across North America. Garage Juice Bar is a high-power Level-2 EV charging station with the SAE-approved J-1772 charge point that will work with all OEM EV cars.

ProPark, the operating partner at the Canopy Airport Parking Denver facility, is one of the leading parking companies in the United States and has been instrumental in aiding the evolution of the green parking movement. This initiative at DIA is the latest example of ProPark's commitment to advance sustainable systems and design within communities.