Mike Stevens | Nov 9, 2011

NISSAN PIVO 3

Nissan will show off three of its future-focused green concepts in Tokyo next month. Two of them you've seen before, but the (so green that it's) metallic green PIVO 3 is all-new.

Previewing a possible city-car version of Nissan's Leaf EV, the PIVO 3 is a tiny three-seater that measures a hair under three metres long.

Power is provided by four electric motors, one in each wheel, and all-wheel steering is included for navigating tight city streets and lanes.

There's also an Automated Valet Parking system which, like Volkswagen's Park Assist 2, will park the vehicle on its own. Unlike the VW package, Nissan's AVP will handle not only the turning, but also the throttle and braking.

The AVP system offers one other trick of note, although it will be a while before you see any legislation that approves it: when you leave the vehicle parked and charging, a signal from your smartphone will see the PIVO 3 detach itself and navigate to your position on its own.

Esflow and TownPod concepts

The PIVO 3 will have top billing at Nissan's concept stand, but it will be flanked by two old favourites: the Leaf-inspired TownPod EV and the 370Z of the future, the ESFLOW.

Nissan says the Townpod has been developed with a view to the future, where growing numbers of people working from home could lead to a limited need for larger vehicles or even regular public transport networks.

Inside, the Townpod features a futuristic cabin bathed in bright green. Features include a dash monitor that displays speed, battery status and range. A second screen features audio and navigation controls.

The ESFLOW, its racey styling far removed from the practical shape of the TownPod, is a performance-focused all-electric two-seater.

Nissan has still not released details of the ESFLOW's electric heart, but it describes a rear-wheel-drive configuration and a 0-100km/h time of under five seconds.

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