Tokyo Motor Show: Beyond the Leaf – Nissan Presents the PIVO3

Tiny little intra-city vehicles seem to be popular at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show – adding to the list is Nissan, with the PIVO3, which uses hub motors instead of a single larger electric motor and seats a total of three passengers.

The PIVO3 has two seats in back and one in front (no more arguing about who gets to sit in the front seat, kids). The lone forward seat is situated directly between the fairly large wheel wells and their hub motors, giving the driver plenty of room.

The advantage of using hub motors, according to Nissan, is that it removes the need for a drive shaft and widens the steering angle. With 4-wheel steering (4WS), the PIVO has a 2m turning radius – very useful for turning around in narrow spaces, and any city has a lot of those! Depending on the situation, the PIVO can also use just its front wheels to maneuver the car.

The PIVO’s battery pack is about half the weight of the LEAF battery, giving the PIVO a range of about 60 miles and a top speed of just under 75mph. Just 110” long, and with a charging time of 4 hours, it’s designed to be the perfect inner-city commuter vehicle. Nissan has a lot of competition, though.

Would you test drive the PIVO3, or maybe take it home? Let us know in the comments, below.

Source | Image: Honda

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.