Nissan Townpod: An Electric Car For Work or Play
PARIS, FRANCE - Nissan premiered their Townpod electric concept car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show last week (see photo). The Nissan Townpod re-works some of the design innovation from the Nissan Leaf electric car and creates a van inspired car with the versatility for professional or personal use. The Nissan Townpod is a 100% electric car similar to the Nissan Leaf and it is charged at the front of the vehicle through a retractable emblem cover.
Nissan says that the Townpod is an entrepreneurs car and it is designed to be flexible for the working professional to use as an electric car for business or for pleasure. The Nissan Townpod has unique rear-hinged doors and split trunk doors to provide ease of access to the cargo area for carrying loads. There is also a hatch sunroof over the cargo area that can be openned when taller items need to be carried.
The rear seat of the Townpod is an ultra-slim design and folds into the back of the front seats, giving a generous cargo floor area for carrying items. On the dashboard, there are two central display screens with the upper screen acting as an instrument panel to indicate vehicle speed, charging status, range, and the GPS navigation system. The lower screen is a touch sensative type giving the driver access to the navigation system, the audio system, and for making system checks of the vehicle's overall operating status.