TOKYO - Nissan Motor Co.'s Hypermini EV, a nearly $40,000 two-seater electric commuter car, will go into two vehicle-sharing trials in Japan in January.
In addition, Nissan plans to put the tiny Hypermini EV on sale next February.
Given its lofty price tag, however, Nissan is targeting only government and corporate fleets. The Hypermini is priced at a base ¥4 million, or $38,095 at current exchange rates.
Twenty Hypermini EVs will be delivered to the Downtown Rental Car System project. The project is a trial demonstration of vehicle sharing in an Intelligent Transport System environment. It is being conducted by the Association of Electronic Technology for Automobile Traffic and Driving in Yokohama.
Another 15 Hypermini EVs will be supplied to the Ebina Project, a vehicle-sharing trial to be run for two years by the Ministry of Construction, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the city of Ebina.
With the air conditioning turned off, the Hypermini EV offers a driving range of 71 miles on a single charge under Japan's so-called 10-15 test standard. That combines highway and city driving, as well as considerable idling. The vehicle uses lithium-ion batteries.
The car is 104.9 inches long, 58.1 inches wide and 61.0 inches tall. It weighs 1,848 pounds.