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Nissan to launch solar-powered city car

Green concept car is based on a tree

The Nissan Note has been given a face-lift

The Nissan Note has been given a face-lift

Nissan plans to launch an electric concept car with solar panels built into its roof.

Nuvu, which aims to revolutionise the way people move around cities, will get its power from a dozen or so leaf-shaped solar panels, before energy is channelled into batteries through a ‘tree trunk’ inside the car.

Makers said Nuvu’s cabin would even be built with natural, organic and recycled materials to appeal to eco-friendly urbanites.

‘New view’

The car is described by Nissan as a ‘new view’ of the type of cars people will be driving by the middle of the next decade.

‘It is aimed at urban dwellers who don’t want to compromise on their personal freedom or their comfort, yet who appreciate that there is a need for a dramatic change in the way we move around our cities,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Nuvu is an electric vehicle, is agile, easy to drive and even easier to park.’

Nissan has already announced plans to show a production-ready electric car at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, but Nuvu will be built on a completely new platform.

Unusually, it will feature two permanent seats plus a third that can be folded down for occasional use. And, Nissan claims, an integral luggage area will make the car suitable for shopping trips.

Nuvu is due to be premiered at this year’s Paris Motor Show. You can find out more about electric cars, greener cars and green fuel technologies on our website.

New Note

The Note, Nissan’s mini MPV, has been given a face-lift. Outside it sports a new bumper and grille, and its headlights have also been changed. Inside, instrument panels have been updated and Nissan claims to have improved the car’s overall ride comfort.

A revised engine and new gearbox ratios give the new 1.5-litre dCi model CO2 emissions of 119g/km. The 1.4-litre petrol model, released in October 2008, emits 139g/km. Both models will be on display at the Paris Motor Show.

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