THE cube® GOES ELECTRIC
GET TO FUNKYTOWN IN THE DENKI CUBE
The Denki Cube Concept was created from a well-defined canvas: the current-generation Nissan cube®. The iconic cube ® is the antithesis of traditional automotive style. Yet it’s also functional, and undeniably charming. To this solid foundation, the Denki Cube adds a new electric powertrain, and fresh styling cues like unique 16-inch wheel covers, new outside mirrors, and special side graphics.
‘Denki’ is Japanese for ‘electric’, so it only seems fitting that the Denki Cube feature an “electric themed” front end design. Lightning bolt cut outs adorn the front grille, and the headlights-surrounded by small LEDs-are emphasized by a blue electrical charge effect. The AC charging port is also located on the front grille, discreetly concealed behind the Nissan emblem.
Design You Can Get Behind
In the rear, the Denki Cube Concept retains the production version’s signature asymmetrical wraparound glass window, while the bumper gets a style transformation. Rainbow-hued taillights are framed behind a series of dice patterned fives-a motif that’s also used for the turn signal lights, and carried throughout the interior.
Room For The Gang
The Denki Cube is designed as a moving, social hub. Inside, both rows of seats are upholstered in a bright, welcoming yellow, and offset with light grey and white accents. The wheelbase has been stretched 9.4 inches, to make room for the battery pack, creating plenty of legroom as a result. A large glass roof panel-with a a retro geometric pattern-further adds to the interior’s feeling of wide-open space.
Behind the Denki Cube’s bold, new steering wheel, a futuristic LCD panel replaces the traditional gauge cluster. The computer graphic-style display includes controls for the car’s entertainment, navigation, and climate systems.
Battery Powered Motor
The biggest change between the cube® and the Denki Cube is one that isn’t visible: the replacement of the standard 1.3-liter gas engine with a 100% electric motor. Laminated lithium-ion batteries-located under the floor and seats-mean zero tailpipe emissions, and no more gas fill ups.
Nissan’s Advanced Battery Technology
Just like the one found in the award-winning Nissan LEAF®, the compact battery used in the Denki Cube Concept weighs half as much as the conventional nickel-metal hydride batteries used in hybrids, and provides twice as much power.