The concept is equipped with a rear mounted electric motor that drives the rear wheels offering the stubby minicar a driving range of 125 km or 77miles and top speed of 120 km/h or 75mph. The electric motor is powered from a set of laminated lithium-ion-type batteries mounted under the seats.
Unlike a conventional lithium-ion battery with bulky cylindrical cells, the laminated Li-Ion battery as used in Nuvu has thin laminated cells and fewer components overall. Nissan says that this boosts its power by a factor of 1.5 at the same time as halving its physical size. It also remains twice as efficient as a conventional cylindrical Li-Ion battery even after five years or 100,000 km of continuous usage.
Other unique features on the Nuvu include the dozen or so small solar panels on the glass roof that are shaped like leaves on a branch. The power generated by the solar panels is fed to the battery using a ‘tree trunk’ styled column within the car as a conduit. Not very functional, but what do you expect, it's a concept. Finally, the Nuvu also uses natural, organic and recycled materials within the cabin.