James May and Jeremy Clarkson were recently spotted piloting a Peugeot iOn and a Nissan Leaf, possibly some sort of EV challenge for the next series of Top Gear. When Jeremy Clarkson and James May couldn’t find a power source to recharge their EVs, they eventually ran out of electricity, they made a stop at the University of Lincoln to steal some power and recharge their vehicles.

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Nissan has given a first teaser of their new sporty vehicle for the environmentalist-cautious, its known as the Nissan Esflow concept and will likely debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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Called the Shell Helix Ultra Transparent Car, this is in fact an Nissan 370z and is an almost working clone of its real-life counterpart, complete with a semi-functional engine. Does any 370z owner wish they were driving this instead? The video below is a quick clip showing you how it was made…

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Remember the new Nissan Micra-like futuristic electric vehicle aka Leaf which we featured not very long ago. At that time, it was only available to those in the US, but it appears that the Japanese automaker has now been given the go to commence its manufacture here in the UK.

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We’ve all done this, scratched the paint off a brand new phone or gadget. It hurts and it stings, but usually over time we ignore it and forget about it because it most cases not much can be done then to put on a protective case. Nissan however, who recently invented a new “Scratch Shield” clearcoat paint has announced that they will be applying their new technology on DoCoMo mobile phones. This special paint has been said to be able to heal itself when damaged.

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Is it a new technology or is it just scientists coming with new ways to apply chemicals? We’re not in the most suitable position to criticise this. What we do know is this clearcoat “uses a special top layer of highly elastic resin that gives the coating a ‘flexibility’ that reportedly means that it can prevent or ‘heal’ 80% of surface marks.”

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Nissan’s second attempt (after the Altima Hybrid) to actually become known as a green(ish) automaker in America? The Nissan Leaf is a four-to-five seat, front-drive C-segment hatchback.

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Nissan’s main selling point for the Leaf is not just that its a specialty urban runabout, but rather, it was designed as an everyday vehicle that meets the needs of 70% of the world’s motorists. Strictly speaking, we think Nissan’s perspective has been based upon practicality (though important) more than the needs of motorists in terms of exterior design.

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From Nissan’s point of view, Nissan says that fully 80% of US drivers travel less than 100km per day (62 miles), making the Leaf a solid fit for America’s motoring majority, even taking into account power-sapping external factors like hilly terrain, accessory draw, and extreme temperatures.

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Full gallery and press release after the jump…

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Driving a washing machine on the road?

On July 17, 2009, in Auto Tech, by Ben

Talking about concept car, Nissan’s NUVU is like your everyday Smart car but with that much more transparency and less privacy. With the large glass roof, the interior is so unclotted, clean  and bright it is like driving a washing machine with four wheels and there is absolutely nothing macho about that!

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