Nissan Townpod EV Heads to Paris Show

2010 Paris Auto Show

  • Nissan Townpod Concept Picture

    Nissan Townpod Concept Picture

    So far, this is all we are being shown of the Nissan Townpod, an EV concept to debut at the Paris auto show. | September 10, 2010

2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Nissan will unveil its second electric car at the Paris auto show.
  • The Nissan Townpod is only a concept.
  • Nissan says it's more than just a car and a van, but only one teaser photo of a headlight has been released so far.

TOKYO — Nissan will buttress its new Leaf electric vehicle at the upcoming 2010 Paris Auto Show with a second EV — a concept called the Townpod, which the Japanese automaker says is "more than just a car [and] more than just a van."

While the teaser reveals little more than a single headlamp, Nissan says the Townpod "combines eye-catching design with a spacious and practical interior."

It's not clear exactly who is being targeted by the Townpod. At one point in its sparsely worded pre-show press release, Nissan claims the concept "heralds a new era of flexible, stylish vehicles that will bring electric-vehicle mobility to the masses." At another point, however, the automaker appears to narrow its focus a bit, claiming the Townpod "is designed to offer zero-emissions mobility to a future generation of home-based, innovative entrepreneurs who are creative and tech-savvy."

Production plans? Nissan hedges by saying only that the car "offers insight" into how the company "could expand its portfolio of zero-emission vehicles." says: If you crossed a Lincoln Town Car with an Apple probably wouldn't get a Nissan Townpod. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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