Nissan announced today that tthey are kicking off the preview week of the 2016 New York International Auto Show by demonstrating how micromobility is a key to the future of transportation as they discuss the ways emerging trends already are changing the way people get from place to place, especially in crowded urban environments.
To further the discussions at the New York Auto Show, Nissan is bringing four custom Nissan New Mobility Concepts (NNMC) vehicles to New York City for a series of events surrounding the New York Auto Show.
The NNMC “micromobility” vehicles are electric powered and are sized between a small motorcycle and a full-size vehicle –which is ideal for helping urban area mass transit users with “last mile” needs to get to their final destinations
“As large cities continue to grow into megacities globally, we need to better understand how transportation is changing and anticipate what transportation needs will look like in the future,” said Rachel Nguyen, director, Nissan Future Lab. “With the fast-paced growth of smart technologies and the emergence of the sharing economy, we are studying how this size and package of electric vehicle fits in real life customer situations.”
The Nissan Future Lab, based on the west coast, was established in 2014 as an extension of Nissan’s global advanced planning group to look decades ahead to identify potential issues and opportunities for the business today and into the future. Nissan says the Nissan Future Lab looks beyond products and examines the future of mobility in a wider sense. The group is inspired by rapid developments in automotive technology such as electric, autonomous and connected vehicles and trends like ride sharing
“Urbanization and the growth of megacities – particularly in developing countries – is the biggest challenge facing the automotive industry,” added Nguyen. “It’s mind boggling to think there’s only about 10 megacities now and in 20 years there will be 30. Mobility is a major driving force central to how these megacities will develop.”
Back in October 2015 Nissan Future Lab partnered with Scoot Networks – a start-up electric transportation company that offers one way ride light electric vehicles starting at $2 per half hour across 40 neighborhoods in San Francisco. Nissan added 10 NNMC vehicles to Scoot’s fleet in San Francisio. With some of the same traffic and parking problems as New York City, these test NNMCs (known there as Scoot Quads) rent for $6 for a half hour use or $80 for a full day.
The NNMC Concept weighs in at 1,045 pounds and seats two. It is powered by a 17-horsepower electric motor with a 61 kWh lithium ion battery. Top speed is 25 mph with a range of 40 miles. Recharge time is approximately 3.5 hours.
With their 7.6-foot length and (just over) 4-foot width, NNMCs have the potential to help reduce pollution and traffic congestion in the city. Parking is also a major benefit, with three NNMCs able to fit head-in into one parking space (where permitted). For demonstration purposes in New York City, the four test vehicles are wrapped in different primary colors with the hashtag #NissanFutureLab down the sides.
The NNMC is based on the Renault Twizy, which is currently available for sale in select European markets and will be offered in Canada beginning in summer 2016.
Future market availability beyond the test with Scoot Networks in San Francisco is still to be determined.