Nissan Shows Off Tiny "Megacity" EV Concept Cars at New York Auto Show
This week at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Nissan demonstrated a different approach to solving future transportation needs in crowded, large cities. The major Japanese automaker’s Future Lab displayed four custom New Mobility Concept (NMC) vehicles wrapped in different colors with the hashtag: #NissanFutureLab on their sides. The concepts are based on alliance partner Renault’s Twizy electric-powered 2-seat city car built in Spain. Nissan’s NMC is only 7.6 ft. long and a little larger than an enclosed motorcycle or golf cart on four wheels.
Last fall, Nissan Future Lab, based on the U.S. West Coast, set up a pilot fleet of 10 of these demonstration NMCs on streets in San Francisco through a partnership with a company called Scoot Networks. Small size is a real plus. Three of these low-pollution NMCs—dubbed the Scoot Squad—can fit into one average parking space, where allowed.
A Nissan Future Lab official said that the fast growth in urban areas of developing countries globally is creating “megacities,” which present a major challenge to transportation infrastructure and the auto industry. Currently, there are only 10 megacities across the globe, but in 20 years, there will be 30 of these giant urban collectives with different transportation needs, according to Nissan. San Francisco was selected as a test city because of congested traffic and parking conditions. These test models rent for $6 per half hour or $80 for a full day.