The Nissan Esflow, an electric sports car concept that derives styling cues from the Nissan GT-R and 370Z, will make its formal debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
“The Nissan Esflow is a pure concept vehicle that captures the excitement of a sports car with the environmental benefits of an electric vehicle,” said David P. Reuter, Nissan North America vice president of communications.
He added: “We will be closely gauging consumer reaction to the vehicle as we further refine our zero-emissions strategy pioneered with the 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf.”
Nissan said the Esflow, a rear-wheel-drive two-seater, was created to give “an idea how a zero-emissions sports car of the future might look.”
“Living ecologically has often been seen as an act of austerity — to save one’s environmental conscience, sacrifices must be made,” said Nissan in a statement. “Esflow is here to address that misconception.”
Exterior design cues include a wraparound windshield, a composite body over an aluminum chassis, six-spoke wheels with blue carbon inserts, a roof-mounted lip spoiler and a color scheme “inspired by glaciers,” said Nissan.
Propelled by a separate electric motor on each of its rear wheels, the Nissan Esflow can hit 100km/h in under five seconds and run 240kms between charges.
The increase in range over the Leaf, which officially manages just 100 miles, is down to the Esflow’s lightweight construction. Part of this comes from the aluminium chassis and the “clean and open” cabin of the Esflow.
Even though the Esflow is designed from scratch, it’ll use key components from the Nissan Leaf, such as its lithium-ion battery packs.
Price wasn’t mentioned, however, the Nissan Leaf lists for $32,780, and this sportier Nissan will have a lighter and more expensive body made of aluminum and composite materials, driving its price higher.
However, there’s more exotica, including brake and gas pedals that adjust electronically to fit each driver, fly-by-wire steering and video cameras and screens instead of rear-view mirrors.
While the Esflow is just a concept for now, Nissan has not ruled out releasing a sports car along similar lines, with a spokesman saying: “It is just a concept to gauge public opinion at the moment, but we hope some of the styling will be carried forward to future vehicles.