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While technically a concept, the Nissan ESFLOW appears to be a near-production look at what an electric sports car could be. From the company that brought us the Leaf (the world’s first mainstream production car), there’s little doubt that Nissan lacks either the know-how or drive to bring it to market soon.
Much smaller than a 370Z, it still resembles that car but with a progressive twist. A company known for building fun-to-drive cars, the ESFLOW promises to fulfill the needs of Nissan drivers with two electric motors powering the rear wheels. Lithium ion batteries are situated just ahead of the rear axle, mounted centrally and low for optimum weight distribution and a low center of gravity.
Nissan claims a 0-62 mph time of under 5.0 seconds with a range of 150 miles.
Build from the ground-up as an electric vehicle, Nissan didn’t have to find compromises by adapting a chassis already in use for an internal combustion engine. With electric components being heavy, Nissan made considerable efforts to reduce weight, even going so far as to use composite materials for the body.
Inside, Nissan chose to mount the seats to the rear bulkhead of the car so as to do without a heavy roll cage. Then to make up for what would seem like an ergonomic drawback (fixed seats), both the steering and pedals are adjustable. Coated in stunning gold leather inside with plenty of carbon fiber as highlights, there are a total of 4-LCD screens used for the gauges and center console screen.
Nissan won’t say as much, but expect to hear more on the ESFLOW soon.
GALLERY: Nissan ESFLOW Concept Geneva Debut
GALLERY: Nissan ESFLOW Concept
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OnStar has produced a new smartphone application providing Chevrolet Volt owners 24/7 connection to their cars.
Compatible with Apple’s iPhone, RIM’s Blackberry Storm and Motorola’s Droid smartphones, the app provides real-time data connection and control over vehicle functions such as programming charge times.
The OnStar Mobile Application retrieves information from the Volt such as battery charge level, odometer readings, miles per gallon and electric-only mileage, and displays them in real time on a smartphone.
Volt owners can receive text or email notifications for charge reminders, power interruptions and when the battery is fully recharged. Owners can also manually program the Volt to recharge at off-peak power usage times to take advantage of lower electricity rates.
Traditional OnStar features such as remote door lock, unlock, horn and light controls, typically available only by calling OnStar’s control center, will also be available for Volt owners through the application.
Volt owners with internet-ready phones other than the iPhone, Storm and Droid will be able to access the application through a mobile browser.
The OnStar Mobile Application will be available for the Volt’s launch. Online demonstrations for the Motorola Droid and Blackberry Storm are available at OnStarMobileDemo.com, while an iPhone demo app is available through the iTunes store.
Gallery: OnStar Chevrolet Volt App
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