Described as a super-lightweight sports tourer that showcases organic synthesis, the Nissan iV is an innovative zero-emissions vehicle that fits into Nissan’s vision of seeing a world where green energy infrastructures have matured and become their own self-sustaining system.

As Nissan’s official entry into the LA Design Challenge, the iV is the offspring of both nature’s intelligent beauty and the minds and hands of human ingenuity. Contrary to how cars are currently built, the iV’s parts are cultivated similar to how it’s done today in agriculture using a sustainable, carbon-neutral process.

Nissan is keeping line with the requirements of this year’s LA Design Challenge – an emphasis on building lightweight vehicles while minimizing the consumption of our planet’s resources – building the iV Concept using an interwoven organic frame with the chassis material – a fast-growing ivy and re-enforced with spider silk composite - being synthetically grown and formed to turn into a piece of strong yet extremely lightweight aerodynamic body. The vehicle’s interior, which seats four people, is made from photovoltaic material that remarkably weighs 99% less than standard glass.

The iV Concept also has a slim bio-battery that provides the car with tremendous stability and driving range that works through a regenerative super-capacitor technology, recouping as much as 60% of kinetic energy used by the vehicle.

Nissan also outfitted the iV Concept with state-of-the-art safety features, including the brand’s Safety Shield program that prevents collisions from happening and greatly reduces the weight of the vehicle by taking out a number of parts standard in today’s cars, including bumpers, airbags, and even beams.

Using the age-old adage that ‘less is more’ Nissan’s iV concept is the perfect example of a vehicle that inspires a future where cars are known less for their gas-guzzling ways but more for their unbridled efficiency, both in aesthetics and in performance.

Press Release after the jump.

Press Release

Nissan iV

In 2010, the innovative Nissan LEAF is introduced as the first mass-market electric vehicle (EV), planting seeds for Nissan’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.


Infused with Nissan’s heritage of sports and performance, Nissan iV is a high-performance EV inspired by nature’s intelligent beauty and crafted by human ingenuity. The iV is a super-lightweight sports tourer that showcases “organic synthetics,” a revolutionary manufacturing technique in which automotive parts are cultivated like agriculture in a 100% sustainable, carbon-neutral process.

2010 Nissan iV Concept Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Less is more. Every detail of the Nissan iV is engineered toward renewable, lightweight strength and maximum efficiency. Featuring an interwoven organic frame, iV’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.


Nissan’s patented concentric hub-less in-wheel motors not only propel iV, they do triple-duty by functioning as the vehicle’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, Nissan’s pro-active Safety Shield™ renders collisions a thing of the past and reduces weight by eliminating the need for heavy structures (bumpers, beams, airbags, etc.).

2010 Nissan iV Concept Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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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.

Our mantra: Innovation For All.

Source: LA Design Challenge

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  (333) posted on 01.13.2012

I haven’t seen this kind of car in my entire life and i wish i could. This super-lightweight sports tourer is quite impressive. The design is very unique and awesome.

  (683) posted on 12.4.2011

I was bewitched by this concept! I think it has the most confusing platform for all concept vehicles that I saw today! Anyway, is it an electric motor? Well, if it is I hope they would never put it on production.

  (528) posted on 08.9.2011

The skeletal body of the car does not appeal on me, and yeah it can really be a cause of an accident because it is too small, it cannot be seen by bigger trucks if ever. Hopefully, they will eliminate this concept.

  (630) posted on 08.8.2011

This is very amazing. Aside from the looks. It has zero emissions. On the other hand, I think it will not be as safety as others and is too small and light. If it will be bumped by other cars, it will surely fly in the air.

  (238) posted on 05.18.2011

haha. Too bad for the car manufacturer! I would refer to drive bubble car rather
than this. I will definitely doubt the production of Nissan if they are going to make this concept into a real one!

  (798) posted on 05.18.2011

I could fully understand on why this car is still a concept. I really don’t like the design of this car. Well, all I know is I don’t want to see myself driving one of this car! This concept would be a failure!

  (399) posted on 03.11.2011

Looks very futuristic to me. But there are some things here that are actually reasonable and can be incorporated into other vehicles.

  (807) posted on 12.1.2010

They should look better, they’re newer vehicles. The Versa has been sold in the US for nearly four years now, in Japan six years.

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