Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Nissan Esflow Sports Coupe Concept is the Love Child of a Leaf and a 370Z

The Electric Zero Emission Sports car is not a new idea. There have been many concepts at many motor shows that have been loosely based on this concept. Although very few are designed featuring a tested and efficient drivetrain that's all ready in a production car. This is where the Esflow concept is unique.

The Esflow makes use of the same EV technology found on Nissan's first Zero Emission production vehicle, the all-electric Leaf. The concept behind the....concept is that driving efficiently and environmentally should be entertaining as well. The car aims to be the driving enthusiasts choice by blending electric power, dramatic styling and sporting qualities.

The Esflow features two electric motors that lay over the rear axle and a 24 kWh battery pack that currently resides in the leaf. It is also has a two-seat layout much like the 370z. The combination of rear wheel drive and weight saving from having no rear seats propel the ESFLOW from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds and improves the distance before recharge by about 50%, a significant improvement over the Leaf. That gives you 150 miles to put it through its paces.

The design incorporates a wrap around windscreen and a high belt line. The car features a unique body structure that's lighter and stronger and allows for no A pillars and a cockpit that a fighter pilot would find familiar.

According to Nissan the Esflow is suited for a tech savvy, professional guy. All considered the Esflow is a brilliant example of what could be the electric car driving enthusiasts actually might like to drive. It is to be seen if Nissan will produce it, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.

By Rory Farrell


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