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Looking remarkably close to a production car, the Nissan ESFLOW is a 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 wit a range of 150 miles.
GALLERY: Nissan ESFLOW Concept
With a range of 150 miles and an estimated 0-60 time of 5 seconds, the ESFLOW is the kind of electric car we can support. Considering that much of the technology is based on the Nissan Leaf electric car, the ESFLOW is a plausible addition to the Nissan brand in the near future.
Gallery: Nissan ESFLOW Concept
While the Leaf is based on a traditional car chassis, the ESFLOW is a clean-sheet design, that uses two motors in the rear wheels to allow for sub-5 second sprints to 60 mph. Torque vectoring is also present, allowing for the kind of handling sports car enthusiasts can only dream of.
Although the ESFLOW does share the same battery system as the Leaf, these are strategically mounted along both axles as a means of optimizing weight distribution. Range is up to about 150 miles, boosted in part by a lightweight aluminum chassis.
Inside, the pedals and steering wheel adjusts, while the seats stay fixed. We’ll be on hand at Geneva to check out the ESFLOW in the flesh, so stay tuned at the very beginning of March as coverage gets underway.
GALLERY: Nissan Esflow Concept
Geneva Auto Show coverage starts March 1st. Until then, get more news on the show with AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show Preview here.