Nissan had another reason to show off the Cube. It also serves as a preview of Nissan's future small car strategy for the North American market, which includes plans to sell a redesigned petrol-powered, next-generation Cube Stateside at the start of next year.
Although the Cube has been on sale in Japan for a number of years, the Denki concept features several unique features including a new front grille design with an AC power charging port and custom head and taillights. The concept also sports a longer wheelbase than the production model, necessary to accommodate the new lithium-ion battery array. Powering the Denki is an electric motor and laminated lithium-ion battery powertrain.
Officials also used the New York Show to reiterate Nissan’s ‘Green Program 2010’ environmental project. Nissan is focused on three core areas related to the environment: reducing CO2 emissions; reducing exhaust emissions; and accelerating recycling efforts. Some of the goals of the new project include launching a 78mpg (3.0L/100km) petrol-powered vehicle by 2010 as well as an all-electric car.