Nissan iV LA Design Challenge entry
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By: Alfonso Albaisa, Yoshihisa Akiyama, John Cupit, Robert Bauer, Randy Rodriguez, Ryan Campbell, Ken Lee, Hirohisa Ono, Hiren Patel, Steve Moneypenny, James Cronin, Matt Wilson, Ann Ngo
In 2010, the innovative Nissan LEAF is introduced as the first mass-market electric vehicle (EV), planting seeds for Nissanâ€™s vision of a zero-emissions future. Fast-forward to 2035: EVs and the green energy infrastructures that power them have matured into a fully sustainable system, bringing this dream to life.
A NATURAL PERFORMER
Infused with Nissanâ€™s heritage of sports and performance, Nissan iV is a high-performance EV inspired by natureâ€™s intelligent beauty and crafted by human ingenuity. The iV is a super-lightweight sports tourer that showcases â€œorganic synthetics,â€ a revolutionary manufacturing technique in which automotive parts are cultivated like agriculture in a 100% sustainable, carbon-neutral process.
ALL GROWN UP
Less is more. Every detail of the Nissan iV is engineered toward renewable, lightweight strength and maximum efficiency. Featuring an interwoven organic frame, iVâ€™s chassis material is synthetically grown and formed into a stunning, aerodynamic shape. Derived from fast-growing ivy and re-enforced with spider silk composite, the biopolymer frame is flexible and ultra-light, yet extremely robust. The spacious, panoramic cabin comfortably seats four adults and is constructed from an innovative photovoltaic material that weighs 99% less than traditional glass. While the canopy collects solar energy, it also provides protective safety and unique, open-air views of the outdoors. Underneath it all, a slim bio-battery provides stability and a near limit-less range made possible by regenerative super-capacitor technology that recoups 60% of kinetic energy spent.
WHEEL â€˜Nâ€™ DEAL
Nissanâ€™s patented concentric hub-less in-wheel motors not only propel iV, they do triple-duty by functioning as the vehicleâ€™s steering as well as its suspension system, via magnetic levitation and propulsion. Concentric magnetic rings amplify rotation with each outer ring to boost high-speed performance and provide independent wheel control for ultimate handling and maneuverability. Inspired by schools of fish and their fluid movement, Nissanâ€™s pro-active Safety Shieldâ„¢ renders collisions a thing of the past and reduces weight by eliminating the need for heavy structures (bumpers, beams, airbags, etc.).
Through industry-leading technology, Nissan iV maximizes the driving experience by eliminating excess. Nissan fulfills a deep nostalgia for the joy of driving with a strikingly beautiful EV that can deliver electrifying, agile performance with zero-guilt.
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