Pininfarina is celebrating their 80th anniversary with the unveiling of the Nido EV prototype - an update version of the 2004 Nido. The Nido EV is an electric car conceived, designed, and built entirely by the Pininfarina Style and Engineering Centre of Cambiano (Turin). This vehicle is the first running prototype of the “Nido Development Programme” and reinforces their direction of providing a safer, more sustainable vehicle that will populate our city’s streets.
The Nido EV prototype uses a 30 kilowatt permanent magnet electric motor powered by a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery, which guarantees very high levels of safety and reliability. When fully charged, it has a range of 140 km and a top speed of 120 km/h (limited electronically), and accelerates 0-60 km/h in 6.7 seconds.
The Pininfarina Nido EV is a small urban 2-seater that supplies the framework for larger vehicles to be built on its platform. No word has been given on when this vehicle will see production, but we think that it will only be a matter of time before we see these vehicles clustered on our city streets.
Press release after the jump.
Pininfarina has been responsible for some of the most gorgeous looking vehicles to ever grace this planet of ours. That’s not all the Italian design house has contributed over the years, however. It has also been at the head of innovation at its best, consistently adapting to and providing solutions that ensure the continuation of personal transportation. One such innovation was the Pininfarina Nido Concept that debuted back in 2004. Back then, the need for small, city cars was increasing at a record rate, but the problem with small cars is the safety factor. Just imagine what it would be like to get nailed by a Chevrolet Suburban at 45 mph while you’re driving a car just one-quarter of its size. It would be like watching a pitbull take on a Chihuahua. But, that’s where the Nido Concept comes in.
See, the word Nido means nest, and a nest is designed to house and protect the eggs inside right? Well, that was the basic idea behind the Nido concept, and it was a revolutionary idea. Early sketches of the concept depict passengers sitting inside an egg-shaped compartment, being protected by the padding between them and the outer shell – just like the yolk of an egg in a nest. The passenger compartment inside the shell can move with the vehicles inertia, so in the event of a collision, the padding between the compartment and the outer shell will absorb a majority of the shock – similar to the way shock absorbers give your car a smoother ride.
In the end, Pininfarina knew that this new concept, and the production vehicle it would eventually spawn, needed to be as beautiful as it was innovative. And, Pininfarina was right; nobody wants to drive or remember an ugly car. After putting engineers and designers together in the same room, which had to make for some interesting days at work, Pininfarina was able to come up the Nido Concept. And, this concept eventually spawned the Nido EV, which was an all-electric version of the concept. With that said, let’s take a look back at the concept and talk about it in a little more detail.
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