Nissan is currently running test in Japan of a New Mobility Concept electric vehicle – its a rebadged Renault Twizy. Possibly due to the popularity of the Twizy, which sold over 9,000 in Europe in 2012, Nissan is expected to make it available to the mass population in Japan in 2015.
“This kind of vehicle is still very new in Japan, so I think it is important to take time to teach people how to use it safely,” said Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism official Akihiko Hosh.
Starting at $9,200 USD (equivelant) in Europe, the Renault Twizy has a $65 USD monthly battery lease price. There’s a base model limited to 28 MPH that can be driven by teenagers as young as 14 years old.
Renault-Nissan has hinted the Nissan NMC may be offered in major city centers in the United States at some point, but no further details were given. Assuming the Nissan NMC 6.1 kWh battery pack was eligible for tax credit, that could bring the price down to inbetween $5000 and $7000 for this 2 seat EV (with a straight European pricing comparison of course).