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Despite a difficult year, the Tokyo Motor Show is back for 2011 with Nissan announcing a slew of new high-tech concepts that will be the focal point of the brand’s display. Of the three EVs, two we’ve already seen before (the Esflow and Townpod), while Tokyo will mark the world premiere of the new PIVO 3 concept EV, which is described as a “smart urban commuter EV of the near future”.
At under 3 meters long (roughly 12 feet), this three seater has in-wheel electric motors in a unique layout allowing it to pull a u-turn in a space just 4 meters (15 feet wide). With a central driving position, it also featured a new gimmick called Automated Valet Parking (AVP) that allows the car to drive, find a parking space and park without any interaction by the driver – all within an imagined high-tech parking garage of the future. It can also be retrieved by the driver using a smart phone. And the best part, you don’t have to tip!
Debuting first at the Paris Auto Show last year, Nissan will once again show its Townpod concept with plenty of flexibility and storage while most gawkers will be drawn to the Esflow electric sports car concept. Thought to be a preview of an electric sports car for the not-too-distant future, the Esflow has a range of 150 miles and can accelerate to 60 mph in under 5.0 seconds.
In addition to these three EVs, Nissan will also unveil the NV350 commercial van prototype as well as a Smart House of the Future, equipped with solar panels and fuel cells for charging electric cars and can also utilize the car’s electric motor as a power source for the house in emergency situations.
GALLERY: Nissan Pivo 3 EV Concept
GALLERY: Nissan Esflow Concept
GALLERY: Nissan Townpod Concept
GALLERY: Nissan NV350
If any of you out there still do not want to accept that electric and hybrid vehicles are a thing of the future, we think you should sit down and seek out some counseling. Otherwise you’re just not going to be prepared for what’s going to happen to the automotive industry in the next decade. The Nissan Leaf has already produced a ton of buzz worldwide, and it looks like Nissan isn’t letting off their go-green-happy gas pedal by announcing that their newest electric car concept will be shown off at the Paris Auto Show on September 30th, 2010.
Naturally there aren’t many details about the concept other than that it’ll be called the Townpod (which sounds really cool!) and Nissan states “it combines eye-catching design with a spacious and practical interior,”while, “it heralds a new-era of flexible, stylish vehicles that will bring electric-vehicle mobility to the masses.”
We’re just hoping that by “eye-catching design” Nissan means it’s pleasant to the eyes, and not the sort of oddly styled vehicles the brand has rolled out as of late (cough, Juke, cough). But given this teaser image of the headlight, we’re expecting a futuristic-looking concept that is going to help usher in the next generation of vehicles.
AutoGuide will bring you full coverage of the Paris Auto Show starting September 30th
See the official press release after the jump: