Pininfarina Shows All-Electric Nido Mini

Marking the celebrations of the its 80th anniversary, Pininfarina unveiled a new all-electric mini-car prototype called the Nido EV. It is an evolution of the original Nido concept that Pininfarina showed in 2004.

According to the Italian design house, the Nido EV is a "veritable laboratory designed both to explore the electrification of a small city car and to develop a modular floorpan."

The 2,905mm-long two seater prototype uses a tubular steel frame, but the final version will have a lighter aluminium space frame. Pininfarina claims that the structure was designed to be able spawn up to four different, completely electric or hybrid vehicles including two-seater, 2+2, pickup and van models.

This particular version of the Nido uses a rear-mounted electric engine producing 30kW to drive the rear wheels. Power is stored in a Zebra Z5 Ni-NaCl battery. When fully charged, it offers the Nido EV a driving range of 140 km or 87 miles.

Pininfarina says that the Nido EV can accelerates from 0 to 60 km/h (37mph) in 6.7 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 120 km/h (75mph).

There are no current plans to put the Nido into production.


Roominess ----------------------------------2-seater City Car

Electrical drive------------------------------Rear

Measurements (Length/Width/Height)--- 2905/1683/1507 mm

0-60 km/h acceleration-------------------- 6.7 sec

Top speed (limited electronically) -------- 120 km/h

Range fully charged ------------------------140 Km

Weight empty (ready for road) -----------~900 kg

Engine----------------------------------------Synchronous with permanent magnetos

Maximum power output-------------------- 30 kW

Maximum torque to wheels---------------- 125 Nm

Drive battery-------------------------------- ZEBRA Z5 (Ni-NaCl)

Rated voltage--------------------------------278 V

Rated capacity------------------------------ 21.2 kWh

Charge time--------------------------------- 8 hours