In New York City, Nissan is showing what they call the Nissan Mobility Concept.
It’s an electric vehicle. Really, it’s a neighborhood electric vehicle, and that means that it has a top speed of about 25 miles per hour and a range of about 40 miles.
This could work out well for those who live in big cities. This kind of nose-to-the-curb parking is allowed in some European cities, but not many American cities. If you live in a large city such as Chicago, New York or San Francisco, you might want the convenience of a car, but even a small vehicle like a Toyota Corolla can be hard to park. Leasing, sharing or renting a car like Nissan’s Concept might be the solution.
In fact, the basis for Nissan’s Mobility Concept, the Renault Twizy, is already available in Europe.
Nissan says that US buyers might have a choice of two versions: one would be a single seat with a locking cargo area, and the other would be a two-seater with tandem seating.
In Europe, the car that the Nissan Mobility Concept is based on has side windows as an extra cost option, so this isn’t a luxury car. Inside, there’s not much to look at; it’s sparse, not unlike a large scooter with a roof.
In fact, if you want to try one for yourself, you can find this new Nissan idea for personal transportation at Scoot, a scooter rental company in San Francisco.
In the mean time, Nissan says they will continue to experiment with "right size" transportation, especially in large cities.