The first fruit of Nissan’s overarching program to develop more sustainable transport has arrived in the shape of a small, sharp-edged, all-electric supermini called the Mixim. This incredible-looking battery-powered hatchback will be shown at September’s Frankfurt show. At 3.7-metres, it’s slightly shorter and lower than Nissan’s Micra supermini; however, unlike the Micra, it’s powered by two of Nissan’s brand new ‘Super Motor’ electric motors and is four-wheel drive, and Nissan claims that it’s capable of “sporting performance unexpected from an electric vehicle”.
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The Mixim, says Nissan, is a car designed to appeal to younger customers who might have lost interest in small cars and spend their time on computers. It’s an outlandish three-door with rakish lines, pillar-hinged gullwing doors and a wraparound windscreen inspired by the visor of a crash helmet. Inside you’ll find an unusual 3+1 seating arrangement; the driver sits up front on his own in the centre of the cabin, while two passengers sit behind and on either side of him, and a fourth smaller passenger travels immediately behind him. The dashboard and primary controls have been designed to be familiar to computer gamers.