Adding to the wackiness that will be on display at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, a third iteration of the Nissan Pivo 3 Concept will be unveiled for all to see. The Pivo 3 is an electric car that picks-up from where the PIVO 1 and PIVO 2 left off. Think of it as a three passenger Nissan Leaf.
The PIVO 3 looks less conceptual than its predecessors, although the trademark three-seat layout with a central driving position and all-wheel steering system still remain.
The PIVO 3 is compact in size and measures under 118-inches (3.0-meters) in length. It is powered by four in-wheel electric motors, which take advantage of its all-wheel drive steering for easy maneuverability in cities.
The PIVO 3 also has its own Automated Valet Parking (AVP) system, allowing it to park itself without assistance, thanks to a clever smartphone application. Nissan also says it can charge itself Nissan and return to its driver at the AVP exit when called by smartphone. Of course, all of this is for the future. More details can be found in the Japanese automaker’s press release.
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PIVO 3 – Smart Urban Commuter is EV of the Near Future
It all started in 2005. Since featuring PIVO 1 at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has introduced six other EV concepts, all demonstrating Nissan’s dedication to creating exciting and innovative zero emission mobility solutions. And at the upcoming 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will be revealing the PIVO 3, its eighth EV concept. Yet this is not just a show car – PIVO 3 is what Nissan envisions to be a more “realistic” EV of the near future.
PIVO 3 takes Nissan’s EV portfolio another step forward. Building on the pioneering PIVO 1 and PIVO 2, the new PIVO 3 concept moves from the realm of imagination into a fully-evolved vehicle that envisions life in tomorrow’s cities. Where PIVO 2 was a highly innovative vehicle that stood alone as a concept car, PIVO 3 evolves in the direction of “smart community” with greater feasibility, credibility and an extended scope of mobile performance. Nissan believes PIVO 3 is very close to what the next step in urban mobility will be.
Francois Bancon, Deputy Division General Manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning Division, explains “PIVO is one of the answers for active urbanists living in mature markets. Through the three PIVO proposals, we have gained a deep understanding of their needs in such large, metropolitan areas. Each of the eight concepts that we have created address different needs, different communities, different lifestyles for different markets. That makes zero emission mobility an ambitious statement for the company… At Nissan, we believe that the world is changing and mobility has a role to play to make it better”.
As part of Nissan’s long-term commitment to lead the way in mass-marketed zero-emission mobility, PIVO 3 stands alongside the Nissan LEAF as a practical approach to sustainability for the real world. Nissan LEAF is a compact hatchback; PIVO is an ultra-compact city commuter targeting singles and couples living in and enjoying an urban lifestyle.
Comes when it’s called, with automated parking and automatic charging functions
With Automated Valet Parking (AVP), PIVO 3 will revolutionize the parking experience by connecting to and responding to infrastructure. No longer does a driver need to find a parking space, physically park the car, or remember which space the car is parked. PIVO 3 can park automatically in specially-equipped parking lots. While the driver shops or takes care of business, PIVO 3 recharges itself or sells excess power to the grid. Later, the driver can call PIVO 3 and summon it to the driver’s location using a smartphone. This AVP function not only creates more freedom in private life, but it can also contribute to society and benefit the environment by supplying electric power on the regional grid. PIVO 3 points the way to mobility as a service – always on, available and reliable.
U-turn in 4 meters, with zero turn gap
PIVO 3 is a remarkably compact package, measuring just under 3m in length and seating three in a 1+2 layout. The compact body and narrow-tread wheels with IWM (in-wheel motors) enable an extremely small turning radius with zero turn gap. PIVO 3 is very agile and can effortlessly park in tight spaces. Such maneuverability also aids the driver who has taken a wrong turn onto a narrow street. Instead of having to back out in reverse gear, PIVO 3 can make a legal U-turn in a road only 4m wide. Considering that most public roads around the world are at least 4m in width, this means that a U-turn is almost always possible because of its 2m minimum turning radius.
Package leverages electric drive, by-wire technology and in-wheel motors
Like the previous PIVO 1 and PIVO 2, PIVO 3 uses electric power and by-wire control technology to permit freedom of layout and the downsizing or elimination of many mechanical parts. Again, similar to PIVO 2, PIVO 3 uses in-wheel motors (IWM) to give wheels great freedom of movement, and more space in the vehicle chassis. Moreover, PIVO 3 balances the advantages of IWM with user friendliness by keeping wheel rotation within a range that will maintain a natural steering feel for the typical driver.
Seamless mobility built on friendly innovation
Guided by the philosophy of “friendly innovation”, Nissan seeks to ensure that the customer perceives cutting-edge technology as being truly easy to use and understand. In this context, one of the engaging features of PIVO 3 that it inherits from the previous PIVO 2 is the Robotic Agent interface. The car acts as a partner or personal assistant to the driver, with companionship conveyed by the Robotic Agent. Based on this approach, PIVO 3 supports a life of seamless mobility, using cloud computing and infrastructure (e.g. AVP and charging facilities) to connect with the city. A “smart” personal filter selects information relevant to the current driver, location and vehicle.
Mature exterior styling integrates narrow-tread rear tires
Externally, PIVO 3 shows mature styling with bold surfaces and a new stance. Front fenders extending out of a crouching chassis with a sculptural front exude a look of agility. Long body lines and angular planes combine in a dynamically active form. Rear styling cues emphasize strong presence within compact dimensions. Trim and stylish mobility is promised by the new stance, which attractively reveals narrow rear track width.
Inside, PIVO 3 presents a distinctive design centering on driving controls that seamlessly integrate with interior and exterior styling. Side-view monitors take the place of mirrors, using Nissan’s Around View Monitor system to reveal the car’s surroundings and help minimize blind spots. The center console features an ultra-wide display for GPS and other information, and together with a sub-monitor and the Robotic Agent, is positioned to interact discreetly with the driver. Carefully stitched leather and silver-hued trim meld in a “snow white” and “EV blue” color scheme to produce a tasteful, high-quality ambience. Smooth surfaces add to the refined feel within the compact cabin dimensions, rather than emphasizing environmental frugality.
Next stage of urban mobility
With its home charging capability, Nissan LEAF liberates the driver from dependence on gasoline. It also has the potential to store renewable energy and even supply the household with electricity. From this “LEAF to HOME” connection, PIVO 3 expands the possibilities to include the entire electrical grid. When EV’s represent a larger percentage of all cars, collectively serving as part of a city’s infrastructure, advanced electric vehicles like PIVO 3 could help balance electric power supply and demand – around the clock and around the town. Such a powerful synergy of smart cities, cloud computing and EVs opens the door to the urban society of tomorrow.
Here, once again, Nissan demonstrates its commitment as a responsible corporate citizen to zero emission mobility with an inspired vision of the way we will live and drive in the near future.
VW I.D. Roomzz Concept Previews An Electric Three-Row SUV
The latest concept in Volkswagen’s I.D. family is a people-hauler first and foremost.
Volkswagen is cooking up a flagship electric SUV, and the VW I.D. Roomzz Concept is an indication of what’s to come.
Based on a stretched version of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform that underpins the I.D. Crozz concept, the Roomzz is a full-size SUV with three-rows of seating for up to eight occupants. More than that, the seats can be reconfigured to deliver a lounge-like experience.
Other interior highlights include a digital, glass-front panel, and massive screens for the instrument cluster and dashboard infotainment.
Level 4 autonomous capabilities means the I.D. Roomzz can drive itself in certain areas and under certain conditions without an active driver. Power is provided by two electric motors, one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive capability, energized by a 82-kWh battery.
The electric drivetrain generates a total of 302 horsepower, can accelerate the SUV from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), and provides a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km) on Europe’s WLTP cycle, or 475 km (295 mi) under NEFZ in China.
The production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz concept is slated to debut sometime in 2020, around the same time as the production versions of the I.D. Crozz and I.D. hatchback. The Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz and I.D. Vizzion sedan will follow suit in 2022.
Jeep Gladiator Gravity Is A Pickup Truck For Rock Climbing Fans
This is one Jeep concept you can build right now.
What happens when the Jeep Gladiator and rock climbing culture collide? You get the Jeep Gladiator Gravity, that’s what!
Inspired by rock climbing, the Gladiator Gravity “concept” stands out as the brightest of the six Gladiator concepts Jeep developed for the 2019 Moab Easter Safary, thanks in large part to its Punk’N Metallic Orange exterior. Every piece of accessory it showcases is available for order via Mopar, including the steel tube doors and rock rails, 17-inch gear wheels with 35-inch tires, two-inch lift kit, mesh sunbonnet, and tie-down straps that secure the windshield when lowered.
The bed area features Mopar cross rails and a cargo carrier basket to divide up storage space for rock-climbing gear, such as ropes, carabiners, helmets and shoes, while a unique Mopar/Decked truck bed storage system further adds to its versatility.
A cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system up the Jeep Gladiator Gravity’s performance ante.
Even though the Gladiator Gravity is called a concept, it’s something you can build today by raiding the Jeep Performance Parts catalog. All you need is a spare $8,000 to get all the necessary accessories.
Jeep Gladiator Flatbill Is The Motocross Fan’s Pickup Truck
This is what you get when the Jeep Gladiator and motocross culture collide.
Dirt bikes and pickups go together like peanut butter and jelly, and of the six Gladiator concepts Jeep baked for the 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, only the Jeep Gladiator Flatbill was purpose-developed for Motocross racing fans.
Named after the flat-brimmed caps often worn by bros, specifically the ones who might be into trucks and motocross, the Gladiator Flatbill is a dirt-bike hauler featuring modified pieces that facilitate getting bikes to and from the motocross track.
A four-inch lift, high-clearance flares, massive 40-inch tires, a custom-designed shortened front bumper, and a skid plate make sure you can go basically anywhere you’d want, while a removable tailgate and dedicated wheel ramps that slide out makes it easy to access or load your motorcycle.
The Jeep Flatbill also boasts a vented carbon hood and a long list of other accessories, some of which are available through Mopar. What do you think — should Jeep make it for the masses?