Nissan’s latest electric concept, dubbed the New Mobility Concept, may push some new envelopes but we’re left with a lingering sense of déjà vu. In fact, it appears quite similar to a Renault show car we laid eyes on last year.
However, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen the New Mobility Concept’s silhouette. Last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show witnessed the debut of the Renault Twizy Z.E. concept, which, unsurprisingly, appears to be the cloned image of Nissan’s concept. While the Japanese automaker didn’t share too many details, the French did, disclosing its EV concept is 90.6 inches long, 44.5 inches wide, and would be powered by a 20-horsepower electric motor with 52 pound-feet of torque. Its micro-sized dimensions afford the Twizy Z.E. a 9.8-foot turning circle. Top speed is around 47 mph, and acceleration is compared to that of a 125cc motorcycle.
In addition to the concept, Nissan also announced its Information and Communication Technology system for EVs. Beginning with the Leaf, the ICT system communicates the necessary driving and operating information and will allow future EV owners to easily manage their vehicular lifestyle. The system will oversee and manage charging times and preferences and be capable of recommending driving routes based on the driver’s recorded habits and history through the Nissan Carwings Data Center. Like the Chevrolet Volt, the system will allow users to monitor their EVs via a dedicated Web site.