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2009 Nissan Cube - Review


Nissan EV-02 prototype at speed

Nissan EV-02 prototype at speed

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Here at Green Car Reports, the growing group of electric-vehicle prototypes we've driven now includes the Nissan EV--or at least its "production intent" powertrain, meaning the final battery pack, electric drive motor, and inverter.

Like the 2012 Ford Focus EV mule and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt prototype, our Nissan "EV" was a future electric powertrain mounted in a body with little resemblance to the production car.  In this case, the company used a right-hand-drive model of the last-generation Nissan Cube (never sold in North America).

The actual electric car Nissan plans to launch will be unveiled "soon," perhaps at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. Hundreds of early production models will be provided to fleets and utilities late in 2010, and global retail sales start in 2012.

It will be a dedicated EV, meaning it won't share any body panels with gasoline vehicles. And like the Volt, it's sure to be highly aerodynamic for maximum battery range.

Driving: Just like any other car, but quieter

Based on a few loops around a large parking lot, the driving quality was good. The car accelerated quietly and smoothly, and its  performance seemed more than adequate to keep up with traffic.

We didn't do any timing runs, but Mark Perry, director of product planning strategy, said Nissan will match its components to the needs of each individual market. We interpret that to mean that the US may get a more powerful electric drive motor than regions (Asia and Europe) used to smaller cars with a bit less acceleration.

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Comments (4)
  1. That is one cool looking electric car. Can't wait to see all the pure electric cars on the street. We have been replying on fossil fuel for far too long. It's time for a change.

  2. 1 billion to make this. You must be joking. I wish this money went to Goss132. Thats the only thing I can afford, and all the space I need for girls night out.

  3. It's true that the Goss132 EV is probably the best EV design around, and more practical than anything available, but they are still looking for location for a major plant facility.
    Honestly; I don't care what their waiting for. I just want them to start SELLING the Goss132 EV SOON!!!
    Strange name by the way; anybody know how that came to be?

  4. Yeah... I read something about how Goss132 was formed on their company site goss132.com It has something to do with the couple that made the first Patent of an electric motor. Goss132 is a combination of Thomas Davenport, and Emily Goss. The number ( 132 ) is the ID of the Electric Motor patent that was filed.
    Back to your earlier comment. For sure! Goss132 is the best EV design! Range is something like 100 miles per charge or something like that. Isn't that the standard these days for a highway rated EV?

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