Nissan Esflow Electric Concept Bound for 2011 Geneva Auto Show
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Nissan Esflow Electric Concept Bound for 2011 Geneva Auto Show

2011 Geneva Auto Show


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2011 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Nissan Esflow, an electric sports car concept that echoes the Nissan GT-R and 370Z, will make its formal debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
  • Nissan said the concept gives "an idea how a zero-emissions sports car of the future might look."
  • The concept gets the same laminated lithium-ion battery packs used in the Nissan Leaf.

GENEVA — 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, in an e-mailed response to an Edmunds.com query on Wednesday. "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.

The Esflow runs on two electric motors, each driving a rear wheel. Nissan said it hits 62 mph in under 5 seconds and can run more than 150 miles on a single charge. The concept gets the same laminated lithium-ion battery packs used in the Nissan Leaf, but they are located along the axis of the front and rear wheels.

Edmunds.com says: Build it. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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