NAIAS: Nissan Mixim EV Concept

Japanese carmaker Nissan took to Detroit this week yet another crazy concept with EV capabilities, called Mixim. The concept is part of the Michelin Challenge Design display, which can be viewed at the the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The Mixim, which has the same wheelbase as the Nissan Cube, is powered by two “Super Motor” electric motor/generators with unknown capabilities. For storage, the concept uses lithium-ion batteries, while separate electric motor/generators drive the front and rear axles. Overall, Nissan says the Mixim has "impressive acceleration and overall performance," but doesn't provide any figures.

On the outside, the almost-gullwinged car features at least interesting lines, with a wraparound windscreen inspired by the visor of a safety
helmet, as well as with angular cuts here and there.

On the interior, as with most concept EVs coming from Japan, the Mixim presents a three seat configuration, with the driver seated in a central position. A fourth seat is available if needed, but in the cargo area.

As Nissan says, the Mixim's steering wheel and gauges are inspired by computer game interface design, "reflecting the young, technology engaged and connected target audience for the vehicle."

As said, the car is part of the Michelin Challenge Design display, whose 2011 theme is 'PLUS 10. The Best is Yet to Come!' The Mixim should be a a source of inspiration for "original creative thinking and innovation in vehicle design."
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