Nissan Mixim EV appears for first time in US
As a part of Michelin Challenge Design display at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Nissan is presenting the Nissan Mixim EV, a compact concept vehicle powered by a pair of innovative "Super Motor" electric motor/generators.
Sharing almost the same wheelbase as the production Nissan cube, but a little bit more aerodynamic - 11 inches shorter, 10 inches lower and 4 inches wider, the eco-friendly concept weighs just 950kg.
The exterior styling is something that we can't miss easily, its bulbous coupe shape is highlighted by LED driving lights, a wraparound windscreen inspired by the visor of a safety helmet, a dramatic angular slash running through the center of the doors and triangular side windows that link the sloping roofline with the sweptback rear hatchback.
The innovative design approach is continued also in the interior of the Nissan Mixim EV concept. The steering wheel and gauges are inspired by computer game interface design, reflecting the young, technology engaged and connected target audience for the vehicle. Diamond-shaped styling cues are also featured inside and out. The vehicle is 3-seater, occasional fourth seat is available in the large rear cargo area.
Furthemore, the innovative Mixim benefits from advanced EV underpinnings – which include the use of compact lithium-ion batteries for an extended driving range and separate electric motor/generators driving the front and rear axles. This layout also gives the lightweight, all-wheel drive vehicle impressive acceleration and overall performance.