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Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept

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On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


Nissan Previews All-Electric Sports Car Concept

Nissan has previewed an all-electric sports car concept that it will debut in Geneva. Called ESFLOW, the new concept combines a dual-motor powertrain with lightweight components and sporty styling.

Designed to "prove it's possible to remain environmentally sympathetic without having to give up the joy of driving," the ESFLOW is based upon the technology available in the Leaf, albeit modified to ensure a sportier ride. It features two rear-mounted electric motors that are centrally located above the rear axle.

The motors are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack like the one used in the Leaf. Nissan has not indicated how powerful the motors or battery pack are, but has said that the ESFLOW concept should be capable of hitting 62 mph in less than 5 seconds. Nissan quotes a range of just under 150 miles per charge.

The ESFLOW is based on an all-aluminum chassis and the body is composed of composite. The light blue color scheme was inspired by glaciers—presumably the very glaciers that EVs are here to save. Nissan describes the look as a "highly reflective solidified liquid with blue tints in its shadows." Blue LEDs in front and back add to the icy appearance.

Other aspects of the car include integrated side roll bars, six-spoke wheels, blue carbon inserts in the wheels, side sills, roof-mounted lip spoiler, and rear bumper.

Inside, the ESFLOW gets gold leather and suede seats, blue leather and suede trim, and illuminated LCD instrument displays.

Here's a cute, little story that gives a vision for the type of driver-of-the-future that will put his money into an ESFLOW-like car:

Daniel, an ESFLOW owner, works in tech, but lives for the weekend. On Friday night after work, he gets behind the wheel of his ESFLOW, which instantly links with his pocket PDA and determines the fastest route to his girlfriend's home. Finding street-side parking is a synch as the ESFLOW's compact dimensions allow it to slip in to the narrowest of spaces. On Saturday he drives to a popular club to exhibit his DJ skills, and his friends are impressed by his cool EV sports car.

On Sunday he drives through the mountains for leisure. ESFLOW's superb weight distribution and unobstructed view ahead enables him to effortlessly nail every apex, every time. His descent from the mountains is more relaxed and he allows the ESFLOW to overrun on the long sweeping curves, turning the potential energy he and the car gained climbing up the gradients back in to electrical energy he can use once he hits the roads around Barcelona.

As his ESFLOW sips energy in its garage, Daniel prepares himself for the week ahead, batteries fully recharged.

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