Nissan has shown off the Nissan PIVO 3, the latest generation of its PIVO electric microcar concept at the Tokyo motor show, and company boss Carlos Ghosn says it proves Nissan is "focused on innovation and excitement".
Andy Palmer, Nissan product planning chief commented: "We could build the car tomorrow. The tech is that far advanced already, but it's too early to market that car. EVs need to look like the Leaf at the moment as we don't want to alienate people from the technology."
The new Nissan PIVO 3 is deliberately much closer to conventional EVs on sale today than the previous outlandish PIVO of 2005 and PIVO 2 of 2007 concepts, and could be a production reality by 2016.
Ghosn said: “It [the PIVO 3] is a unique mobility service. It can park itself and hunt for spaces. When charging, it can either recharge or supply excess power to the grid.”
Nissan has confirmed the concept is all-wheel-drive and features an electric motor mounted in each wheel.