Nissan has unveiled this new electric sports car concept that will officially debut at next month's Geneva motor show. Dubbed Esflow, it features a custom rear-drive platform and electric components from the Leaf and it could inspire a future production model.
The two-seater has a similar profile to the 370Z, and its futuristic looks mix 370Z and Leaf design cues. A pair of electric motors drive the rear axle – each independently controlling a wheel for optimized torque distribution and stability – allowing for a 0-62mph time of less than five seconds. The range from its lithium-ion battery pack borrowed from the Leaf is just shy of 150 miles.
Esflow's aluminum chassis has been created especially for the concept. Nissan says, “It has been built around the drive train, taking full advantage of the opportunities electric propulsion provides.” This means weight distribution has been optimized by mounting the battery pack on the axis of the front and rear wheels.
“Unlike a conventional fuel tank, batteries do not get lighter as they provide energy, so the car's weight distribution remains constant throughout a drive,” says Nissan.
Design touches on the glacier-inspired exterior include a wraparound windshield and six-spoke alloys with blue carbon inserts; the same "cool blue" color is used to tint the front lights and LED daytime running lights and the trim on the side sills, rear bumper and rear lip spoiler. The mirrors are replaced with rear-view cameras mounted at the base of the A-pillars.
Its “comfortable and pleasant” interior focuses on weight-saving; the gold leather upholstered rear seats are mounted to the rear bulkhead, with the steering wheel and pedals being electrically adjustable. Dark blue leather and suede are used to trim the doors, while the dashboard features four LCD displays trimmed with silver carbon.
Officially, Nissan bills the Esflow as a vision of how a “sports car of the future might look.” But a source has indicated to Autocar that Nissan will gauge public reaction to Esflow at Geneva, and its looks could be used in a future production model.
Nissan's chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga told Autocar last year that “the market is shifting, becoming more environmentally friendly, so maybe now there is a possibility that even a 100 percent electric vehicle can be a sports car.”