Nissan unveils Esflow Concept at 2011 Geneva Auto Show
2 March 2011
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A new sporting Leaf - the two-seat Esflow is a rear-wheel-drive electric sports car that promises its only emissions will be some why-so-serious smiles.
A pair of electric motors is placed above the rear wheels. Power from these units is sent independently, meaning the Esflow utilizes one engine per drive wheel. This, Nissan says, allows the Esflow to correctly measure the torque and turn it into powerful forward acceleration. Thanks to this system, Nissan says Esflow will run from 0-100 km/h in below five seconds.
Providing the energy for that acceleration is the same laminated lithium-ion battery pack that can be found in the Leaf EV. The batteries are said to last for a range of up to 240 km per full charge. Nevertheless, in the Esflow the batteries are spread out across the front and rear axis of the car to promote better weight distribution. As with all electric cars, the Esflow's balance remains constant as the batteries are drained, unlike in a convectional gas-powered vehicle that loses weight as fuel is consumed.
The exterior style of the Nissan Esflow is typical concept newer-be-happen. From the twist windshield and blue lighting to the pushed out wheel placement and rear 370Z taillights-on-acid, the Esflow is a Nissan sports car designer's blue dream.
Inside, the Esflow is described as "ecological minimalism," however there's a plenty of leather and suede, so despite the EV eco-cred, PETA members are still likely to be confused.