Most electric vehicles (EVs) that have made it to market use rather standard interiors. They usually seat two or four generally side by side. Nissan’s Pivo 3 seats three with the middle driver’s seat slightly forward of the other two with the steering wheel in the middle of the car. This car is one of several candidates considered for future production.
According to Autobloggreen this is the tamest version of this concept car to arrive at an auto show. The earliest versions the Pivo and Pivo2 were even stranger. For instance the Pivo 2 had one door that opened not on the side, but the front of the car. So you opened the door automatically which essentially held the dashboard, and pedals and backed into your seat. The door automatically closed when the driver was properly seated. An annoying little robot head would monitor and interact with the driver.
If that wasn’t strange enough, the passenger “capsule” would swivel. The whole thing would turn 360 degrees which eliminated reverse. You simply shifted the capsule so it faced the other direction making the need for a reverse gear obsolete. the wheels could change orientation as well.
The Pivot 3 with its unusual interior is actually tame compared to the previous versions. Doors open on both sides of the car. It has a reverse gear because the passenger cabin is oriented in only one direction. The driver drives from the middle of the car which has in wheel motors and a very tight turning radius of two meters. The tires will still swivel but not as wildly as those on the Privo 2.
But don’t let the relatively tame exterior fool you. This car still has some pretty amazing features. Like other cars on the road today, the Pivo 3 will automatically park itself. In addition after parking, the car will recharge, but don’t try this at home because it requires a specially equipped parking garage.
Like the Batmobile, the Pivo 3 will drive to pick you up using only your smartphone and the cars autonomous driving abilities. Yes, there could indeed be an app for that in the future.
While this car is being considered for production with other concept models. If the Pivo 3 does make it into production it won’t be until after the Nissan LEAF, NV200 EV and the Infiniti EV have hit the streets. That means that the earliest this little guy would make it into production would be 2016-2017.
We can only wait and see.
A video of the Pivo 3 and it’s story can be found here.