Nissan first revealed the wacky-looking Pivo EV Concept at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show before redesigning it as the Pivo 2 in 2007. Now, Nissan has replaced the electric car’s original curves and bubble shape for a sharper look with artistic angles to better suit its city functionality with the Pivo 3. The new ultra-compact city vehicle targeting singles and couples living in an urban lifestyle, measures just 3m in length and seats just three occupants.
In addition to its zero-emission powertrain the new EV also has a lot of automated parking capabilities. Pivo 3 can park automatically in specially-equipped parking lots and while the driver is away from the car it recharges itself or sells excess power to the grid. Later, the driver can summon it to his or her location using a smartphone. While Nissan has done away with the rotating cabins found in its Pivo 1 and 2, the Pivo 3 will still be able to get out of tricky spaces without reversing with its zero turn gap capabilities and wide steering angle that allows the car to hang a U-turn on roads that are just four meters wide.
While the EV is not quite ready for public sale, Nissan has commented that the third generation model is a more “realistic” version of the EV of the future.
The futuristic and compact Pivo 3 will make its official debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.