Pininfarina to build micro-sized Nido EV Prototype

Posted on Sunday, 23 May 2010 , 10:05:17 byAlina

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Pininfarina to build micro-sized Nido EV Prototype

In order to celebrate its 80 anniversary, Pininfarina revealed the Nido EV, the first running prototype of the "Nido Development Programme". The Nido EV is an update of the design of the 2004 Nido city car concept with proportions very similar to that of the Smart ForTwo.

This particular Nido uses a 30 kilowatt permanent magnet electric motor driving the rear wheels, while future variants may include a small engine at the front for a hybrid configuration, or a front mounted electric motor.

The Nido EV is powered by a 40bhp electric capable to deliver 92lb ft of torque, has a range of 87 miles, a top speed of 75 mph and can sprint from 0 to 37 mph in 6.7 seconds. The power is stored via a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery that weighs only 400 pounds and is fully recyclable and contains no toxic materials (assuming you discount the issues with mining nickel).

The 2-seater prototype, which weighs close to 2000 pounds and measures 114 x 66 x 59 inches, features a tubular steel frame design but it seems that production versions will apparently migrate to a lighter aluminum space frame which can spawn up to four different models in the future including 2+2 and van models.

No production timetable has been given for the Nido.


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