Electric town car launched as part of Italian firm's 80th anniversary celebrations

The Pininfarina Nido EV electric town car has been launched, as part of the Italian design firm's 80th anniversary celebrations.

The Nido EV is a two-seat, rear-engined city car. It is 215mm longer and 123mm wider a than a Smart, but its overall height is 37mm lower. It weighs around 900kg.

See the Pininfarina Nido EV pictures

It is powered by a 40bhp electric motor which delivers 92lb ft of torque. It has a range of 87 miles, top speed of 75mph, 0-37mph time of 6.7sec and can be recharged in eight hours.

Power is stored in a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery, which Pininfarina says is notable for containing no polluting chemicals and being 100 per cent recyclable.

The prototype is built around a tubular steel frame, but the production model will have an aluminium spaceframe.

The car unveiled is the first running prototype from the "Nido Development Programme", a modular platform from which new types of hybrid and electric cars will be developed.

The Nido structure is designed to adapt to electric, hybrid, two-seater, 2+2 seater and light van use.

Pininfarina says it will next display two four-seat, front-engined versions of the car in due course.

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21 May 2010

much more whats required compared to a leaf etc. especially the aluminium frame.

they should get it on the market asap.

21 May 2010

I agree, is this what Murray should have built?

21 May 2010

Looks great in my opinion. Not quite as nice as the concept, but it's in a different league to the G-Wiz, even the Nissan Leaf. The sooner they get it to market the better, but I bet it'll be expensive...

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

21 May 2010

They appear to have figured out that to sell well a car (even an econo-box) should look good...or at least not like it's been repeatedly battered with the ugly stick.

I was excited by the T25 but it's styling is too weird, maybe a call to Peter Stevens to restyle it would not be too late...

21 May 2010

I've got to say I'm not normally a fan of small cars but I quite like that!.

(BTW, does it remind anyone else of a modern, 4 wheeled Bond bug in it's basic shape?).

21 May 2010


'Is this what Murray should have built'


21 May 2010

Too wide. A smart is too wide. This is bigger. No good. Width is the most important dimension for city cars.

21 May 2010

Interesting... But...

You know there is a problem with the electric cars: the air conditioning and simply the heating which empty the batteries like snow under the sun...

In our countries, take thick pullovers...

Or the car needs a fuel boiler... You need then fuel...

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