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Electric town car launched as part of Italian firm's 80th anniversary celebrations
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21 May 2010

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.

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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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david RS 21 May 2010

Re: Pininfarina Nido EV revealed

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...

DJW76 21 May 2010

Re: Pininfarina Nido EV revealed

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

kdwilcox 21 May 2010

Re: Pininfarina Nido EV revealed

GOLFMAN;

'Is this what Murray should have built'

NO.

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