Design Los Angeles: Nissan iV

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Hot from the trail that Nissan is leading with its revolutionary LEAF that's been introduced as the first mass-market electric vehicle; we present Nissan's submission for the 2010 Design Los Angeles challenge, the iV. The iV is definitely an out-of-the-box look into the future of EVs and green energy infrastructures that Nissan thinks will prevail (hence their major investment). Now they present to us the Nissan iV concept, a high-performance EV inspired by nature.

It's a super-lightweight sports tourer that showcases "organic synthetics," a revolutionary manufacturing technique in which automotive parts are cultivated like agriculture. It has an interwoven organic frame where the chassis material is synthetically grown and formed into an aerodynamic shape. The biopolymer frame is deriving from ivy and re-enforced with spider silk composite, making it flexible and ultra-light, yet robust. The cabin can comfortably seat four adults and is constructed from an innovative photovoltaic material.

This material weighs 99% less than traditional glass. The canopy collects solar energy while providing protective safety and open-air views of the outdoors. Power is supplied by a slim bio-battery that provides stability and near limit-less range. This is made possible by regenerative super-capacitor technology that recovers around 60% of the kenetic energy spent. With this vehicle, Nissan will prove once again that it is at the forefront of the new technology for the future.

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