Nissan Rolls Out Electric Sports Car Concept

Automaker Nissan says it may be a concept, but the Nissan ESFLOW electric sports car proves it’s possible to remain environmentally sympathetic without having to give up the joy of driving.

It looks like a sports car, handles like a sports car and performs like one too, the company informed today, Feb. 10.

With technology used in the Nissan LEAF, the EV (Electric Vehicle) concept shows that driving can still be as much fun tomorrow as it is today.

Nissan also said that construction is progressing on its manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., which will produce lithium-ion batteries to power the Nissan LEAF zero-emission vehicle. (Read: Nissan Electric Vehicle Battery Plant in Tennessee)

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At a glance:

  • ESFLOW – a pure EV sports car concept
  • Rear-wheel drive two-seater
  • Two electric motors, each driving a rear wheel
  • Laminated lithium-ion batteries mounted low for best weight distribution
  • Dramatic styling with wraparound windscreen for unobstructed visibility
  • 0-100 km/h in under 5 seconds
  • Over 240 kms on one charge

Nissan has also developed its practical Zero Emission family car, the Nissan LEAF.

Today, automobile vendors believe that sales of traditional vehicles will peak before 2020 and are looking to EVs as one of the next hot products. However, they will first have to address stringent consumer requirements about EV performance, recharging, and convenience.

This is revealed by tech company IBM with its new survey of consumer attitudes and a recent study of auto industry executives. (Read: Bumpy Roads Ahead for Electric Cars)

ESFLOW has been created from the ground up as a pure electric vehicle, to give an idea how a Zero Emission sports car of the future might look.

It is not an existing ICE (internal combustion engine) powered vehicle that has been adapted to run on electricity, but a sports car that’s been designed from the outset as a Zero Emission vehicle, says the company.

The company plans to unveil the concept at Geneva Motor Show 2011.

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