Nissan Launches Electric Land Glider Concept at Tokyo
By KBB.com Editors on October 9, 2009 1:03 PMAimed at making travel for urban dwellers simpler as well as more fun, Nissan's electric-powered Land Glider Concept is a minimalist design with the potential to yield maximum real-world benefits. Although not likely to see production at any point in the near future, the automaker is characterizing it as "a serious motoring statement of the new era of mobility that Nissan intends to lead." Providing tandem seating for two under its flip-up glider-like canopy, this diminutive rear-driver is fitted with two electric motors fed by lithium-ion batteries mounted beneath the floor. Complementing its inherently low center of gravity, the four-wheeled Land Glider is capable of leaning into corners at up to a 17-degree angle. A computer-controlled steer-by-wire system that measures speed, steering angle and yaw rate effectively calculates the optimum amount of permissible lean while its relatively narrow track makes zipping in and out of tight confines -- or slipping into mini parking spots -- a breeze. In addition to being fitted with an advanced crash avoidance system based on Nissan's EPORO technology, the Land Glider Concept also features inductive recharging capabilities that allow for non-contact wireless top offs while the vehicle is parked at a shopping center or at a dedicated service facility.