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 |  Jan 17 2013, 7:12 AM

Nissan is planning on a new, smaller sports car to add to its lineup and the Japanese automaker will be showing it off in concept form within a year.

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 |  Mar 01 2011, 9:18 AM

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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

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GALLERY: Nissan ESFLOW Concept

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 |  Feb 28 2011, 9:49 AM

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Nissan‘s striking ESFLOW concept, which has been teased in renderings online, finally appeared in the flesh ahead of the official opening of the Geneva Auto Show on Monday.

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

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