Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced that its “holistic approach to promote the adoption of Nissan LEAF electric vehicle and zero-emission mobility” was selected for the “Good Design Gold Award 2010” hosted by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.
Nissan LEAF employs a design concept called “Smart Fluidity”, with the main body achieving the ultimate level of flowing lines and aerodynamics externally while absorbing the compact lithium-ion battery beneath the floor internally.
Its uniquely elegant exterior styling with a low front end characterized by a V-shaped design, large LED (light-emitting diode) head lights and recessed charging port give it that exclusive Nissan EV look. Adding to this distinct persona are advanced electronic devices such as a flat panel center cluster for the special IT system, an easily operated mouse-type electric shift lever and futuristic interior design.
This award was given not only because of admiration for the design of the vehicle but Nissan’s overall holistic approach to design “Life with EV”. In this approach, Nissan, aiming to promote a sustainable zero-emission society, is working on forming partnership with countries, cities and electricity firms, production of lithium-ion batteries, second-life use of used batteries, use of recycled materials for EV, production and sales of self-developed quick chargers, developing charging infrastructure and standardization of charging methods.
Good Design Award is the only comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design in Japan. Created to select and publicize good design to raise the standard of living, spur industrial development and export trade by enhancing product quality through design, the award receives more than 3,000 submissions every year. These are assessed from a comprehensive view point including design novelty and sophistication, value creation and social contribution.
Separately in the U.S., Nissan announced partnership with Clean Cities-Atlanta (CC-A) to promote development of electric vehicles and an electric-charging network.
CC-A is a coalition of government agencies, utilities, public interest groups, and public and private fleets that advance the use of alternatives to gasoline, and diesel fuels in cars, trucks and buses. The partners in the agreement also will work to coordinate the establishment of policies and help streamline the deployment of an EV infrastructure.