Nissan is developing a new urban electric vehicle that is an improvement of the Twizy model of its alliance partner Renault, according to Etienne Henry, Nissan's head of product strategy and planning. Henry told Automotive News Europe that the new urban EV will merge the compactness and agility of a motorcycle with the protective covering of a conventional car.
Henry remarked that while the Twizy is also trying to combine these attributes, optimization are possible on Nissan's new urban EV. Renault targets the Twizy, which it rolled out in 2012, as a good option to scooters in crowded cities in Europe.
The Renault Twizy is powered by either of the two electric motor options -- a 4kW/5-hp version that returns a top speed of 45kph, which can be driven in most European countries without a driver's license; and a version that returns a top speed of 80kph. The Twizy boasts of maximum driving range of 100 km.
Nissan unveiled in 2008 the two-seat Land Glider concept that leaned on corners like a motorcycle but has four wheels and an enclosed cabin. Nissan said in a statement at the time that the concept should not be regarded as "a mere design study."
Henry described the concept as very interesting with very challenging and meaningful technology. He, however, did not say whether any feature of the Land Glider would be inserted in the new urban EV.
Henry remarked that the new EV would successfully combine the motorcycle and car genres in the same manger the Qashqai merged the strengths of a compact hatchback with the styling of a sports utility vehicle.