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That Nissan Cube Electric Car Surprise for New York? Well....Surprise!

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Nissan's been quite tight-lipped about it -- but if the photos appearing this morning on SuperNissans.net are accurate, there's a "Denki Cube Concept" heading for a New York auto show stand in the very, very near future.

There's been word that Nissan would show the electric car concept here in New York -- where The Car Connection is on the scene to report live from the show floor and other events, starting this evening. Now the fan site has photos of what is thought to be the concept. (We won't run them here, but official pics are on the way.)

The Denki Cube ("denki" means electric in Japanese) is based on the compact Cube city car. We drove the last generation at a Nissan event in San Francisco some time back, and being fans of the Honda Element, enjoyed its foxy, boxy proportions and its no-nonsense attitude toward city-driver needs. Our versions were strictly gas-powered, and right-hand drive to boot.

What will rest under the hood of the electric car version of the new Cube? We're not sure, but we'd bet on lithium-ion batteries, a stated range of about 60 miles per charge, and just maybe, a promise to import these Cubes to the U.S. with a couple of years. Take that, Volt and Prius!

Stay tuned for more on the Nissan Cube and on our coverage of the New York auto show all this week. 'Cause, otherwise, you're just working on a PowerPoint, right?

See the pics: Denki Cube Concept - Exclusive! - SUPERNISSANS.NET
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Comments (6)
  1. I want one. This is just the vehicle I have been hoping for!
    I just hope it will go 65 mph and is not a glorified golf cart.
    Thank you Nissan!
     
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  2. The aerodynamics will not be very "car friendly" on this shape.
     
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  3. Could they make it any uglier and more boring? it looks like a beat-up delievery van for christ's sakes!

    They could, if they really applied themselves!
     
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  4. I guess the hybrid drivetrain is the "concept" part. That body is the same old Cube, but with some plastic cladding over the grill and tail lights. I was hoping we were going to see the next-gen Cube that is supposedly coming to the US market. :(
     
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  5. One word. Ugly! And people want to talk about the big 3 making ugly cars, please.
     
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  6. Hey, not as ugly as the front end on the original Scion Xb. Looks to be about the size and configuration of that worthy, but departed, vehicle as well. I like it - square, but with nicely rounded corners and good proportions. Bet it'll sell like hotcakes!
     
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