Nissan Townpod Concept announced for the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 9, 2010

Nissan announced today that it will unveil the Townpod Concept at this year’s Paris Motor Show. As expected, the new concept will expand Nissan’s its portfolio of zero-emission vehicles and will introduce an eye-catching design with a spacious and practical interior.

According to the manufacturer, the new concept will offer zero-emissions mobility to a future generation of home-based, innovative entrepreneurs who are tech-savvy but also creative.

It will be more than just a car and more than just a van, because it heralds a new-era of flexible, stylish vehicles set to bring the electric-vehicle mobility to the masses.

And this is not the only zero-emission vehicle which will be present to the 2010 Paris Motor Show, as Nissan will also bring the Leaf electric vehicle. For those who don’t know, the Nissan Leaf is powered by an AC motor delivering 80kW of power and 280Nm of torque, providing a top speed of more than 140km/h (90 mph).

According to Nissan, a full battery charge delivers a range of approximately 160 km, which means it will be more than enough for 80 per cent of European customers.

The electric motor is fuelled by a lithium-ion battery with a power output of more than 90kW. The 48-module battery is mounted under the seats and floor of Nissan Leaf.

Nissan believes that consumers should have the power to dictate what capabilities or features the car that they drive should have. This was revealed by Nissan’s general manager for its Exploratory and Advance Planning Department, Francois Bancon.

Bancon reiterated that it is “logical” that companies like Nissan should consider their consumers as the experts in designing cars that are made according to their individual needs and demands.

He also had a revelation – he said that people who bought Nissan’s Townpod don’t buy into status symbols. These people give more weight to practicality and don’t subscribe to social stereotypes.

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