Nissan may be very busy getting ready for the release of their Leaf electric car later this year, but it doesn’t mean the auto manufacturer isn’t tinkering with other green car design ideas. One of its more recent ones, shown off at the Michelin Challenge Design display at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, is the Mixim.
The Nissan Mixim EV Concept, according to Nissan, has several rather interesting “EV underpinnings.” These include the “use of compact lithium-ion batteries for an extended driving range and separate electric motor/generators driving the front and rear axles.” The vehicle, via listed details on the Michelin Challenge Design Web site, has a top speed of 180 km/h with a potential maximum range of 250km from the two 50kW electric motors. It also has a lightweight body design of just 950kg.
Other more interesting aspects of the Mixim include quick full charge of the batteries (20-40 minutes), a “wraparound windscreen inspired by the visor of a safety helmet,” a three person seating design which puts the driver between the two passengers in the middle, steering wheel and gauges “inspired by computer game interface design,” the same wheelbase as a production Nissan cube and “rear view cameras in place of door mirrors that relay the view from behind onto screens at each end of the dash.”