Nope, there’s nothing wrong with those wheels. As you may recall, this is Nissan’s Pivo 3, the company’s latest concept EV that provides extreme agility using its four oddly pivoted, individually powered wheels. While we couldn’t see this three-seater make sharp U-turns and do automatic parking at the Tokyo Motor Show, our very own Zach Honig managed to get his finger and trouser grease all over it.
Behind those pop-out doors one of the most interesting features we saw was the subtle side-view cameras with accompanying screens, thus reducing the car’s width. Also, it turns out the lone steering wheel handles all four wheels, meaning the driver won’t have to sacrifice too much brain power over multiple controls. That said, we can imagine that even the most experienced drivers may find this car to be a tough animal to tame initially — the lady in Nissan’s earlier demo looked like she had to steer dramatically around sharp corners. But keep the car going straight and it’ll accelerate up to 120km/h (75mph), while on a single charge it can go up to 100km (62 miles). Video after the break.