This year’s Paris Motor Show has seen many major manufacturers making strident efforts towards smaller, more fuel efficient, and more environmentally sustainable vehicles. The Nissan Nuvu is just such a car, representing the type of vehicle that we will be driving within the next decade: one that is city-smart, compact and all-electric.

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The Nissan Nuvu seats three within a compact three-meter long chassis. Its roof is lined with around a dozen solar panels, which feed the car’s battery via a pillar running through the interior. It is meant to be agile and roomy, and it features a nice futuristic instrument panel. The Nuvu‘s powertrain runs on two lithium-ion batteries, and its electric motors can push the car to a maximum speed of 75 miles per hour, which will take you for 80 miles on a charge.

While the Nuvu is currently a concept, Nissan plans to incorporate the technologies debuted this car in a soon-to-be revealed electric vehicle slated for production in 2010.

+ Nissan Nuvu

+ 2008 Paris Motor Show