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New concept cars herald future of Nissan

Nissan has unveiled no less than four new concept cars as part of its exciting new ‘Ambition 2030’ electric vehicle plan.


Nissan says it’s on a mission to ‘empower society to build a smart ecosystem with integrated mobility’.

To that effect, the Japanese firm wants to release 23 new electrified models by 2030 - 15 of those being fully-electric. Nissan also hopes to be carbon-neutral ‘across the lifecycle of its products’ by 2050.

Perhaps the most exciting announcement from Nissan - particularly when it comes to lowering the cost of electric cars - is that it wants to pioneer so-called ‘solid-state battery’ tech.

In layman’s terms, solid state batteries do away with the heavy liquid electrolytes found in lithium-ion batteries, using glass, ceramics or other solid material instead, and are typically not just quicker to charge, they also offer much more range.

A Nissan spokesperson says:

“At the core of Nissan EV Technology Vision is the integration of all solid-state battery (ASSB) technology that integrates with optimized components into a skateboard-like structure that allows for a variety of vehicle types. The optimum hardware structure will bring out the full potential of future complex software configurations and further realize the precision, performance, efficiency and versatility of our EV offerings.”

And here, to whet the appetite, are Nissan’s first four offerings in concept firm - but which could hit the market sooner than you might think…

Chill-Out


An SUV crossover, the Nissan Chill-Out is a ‘mobile haven’ with a ‘sleek and modern design, advanced safety technology, and a productive and comfortable interior space’.


Nissan describes the Chill-Out as ‘near-future’ - so it could be the most likely to make an imminent appearance on UK roads.

Max-Out


The Nissan Max-Out is an ultra-lightweight, two-seat convertible concept that aims to deliver a ‘new driving experience with its superlative stability and comfort’. Dynamic cornering and steering response are balanced with limited body roll to optimize driver and passenger comfort, says Nissan, creating a feeling of ‘oneness with the car’.


The Max-Out could have the unique ability to morph the seating, flattening into the floor to offer more interior space when desired, making it ideal for drivers with and without passengers.

Surf-Out


This electric pick-up aims to provide a smooth ride regardless of the terrain, enabling customers to ‘go anywhere in comfort and with confidence’. 


Nissan says it’ll offer good off-road performance, extended cargo space, advanced ‘e-4ORCE’ systems, with used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve handling.

Hang-Out


With a completely flat floor that extends from the front to the back, the Nissan Hang-Out concept aims to ‘surpass the conventional wisdom about interior layouts’.

It could also be a God-send for families with children who get a little pukey on long journeys.

Nissan says:

“It is designed to suppress vibrations and jolts, thereby reducing instances of motion sickness and interference while working on the go.


Its spaciousness and quietness offers the comfort of your living room in a mobile space, expanding creature comforts on the go and off the beaten path. The theatre-like seating makes on-the-go movie nights with family and friends new and fresh, no matter where you are- or are going.”


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