In the midst of all the debuts coming out of the Geneva Auto Show, Nissan has decided this would be a perfect opportunity to reveal the Esflow, their new electric concept. However, this isn’t just any old electric car like the Leaf. No, this is an electric sports car that will carry the setup of Nissan’s other electric with a RWD setup and a more stylish exterior.
The new Esflow concept is powered by two electric motors that are charged by laminated lithium-ion batteries. Each motor is designated to its own rear wheel, taking the Esflow from 0 to 60mph in around 5 seconds with an autonomy of 240kms (150 miles) on one charge.
The concept is said to take its color inspiration from glaciers with its highly reflective solidified liquid with blue tints. The hood of the car is stretched to capacity for a longer and sleeker look while the steeply raked, wrap around windscreen adds a touch of finesse to the vehicle.
We can’t imagine seeing this concept hit the production line, but it will be interesting to see what Nissan can get out of something like this in the future.
UPDATE 03/01/11: This review has been updated with the Esflow’s full specs, as well as new images.
The new Esflow concept is defined by crisp, clean lines and an exterior color inspired by glaciers - highly reflective solidified liquid with blue tints in its shadows. The headlights with LED lights and the Nissan logo is also painted in blue, while the six spoke wheels, the side sill, roof mounted lip spoiler, and lower rear bumper contain blue carbon inserts.
On the interior, the concept features a clean and open cabin, steel framed, thickly upholstered, and increasingly motorized seats. It’s got a three-tone scheme that combines dark and gold leather with some carbon fiber thrown in for good measure with the seats upholstered in gold leather and perforated gold suede while the doors are trimmed in dark blue leather and suede. The same theme is also continued on the dashboard, which is also adorned with silver carbon trim, and features four multifunction illuminated LCD displays.
Nissan has placed two 80 kW (107 horsepower) motors that independently control the left and right wheels under the hood of the new Esflow concept. This setup ensures that torque is optimized for outstanding vehicle stability and control as well as efficient power regeneration. Likewise, lithium-ion batteries have been placed in the center of the Esflow just in front of the rear axle. These batteries are capable of providing power to the concept car for around 150 miles on one full charge. All told, the Esflow is capable of hitting a 0-60mph sprint in just under 5 seconds.
Will it go into production?
Nissan has said absolutely nothing about whether or not we’ll be seeing the Esflow out on the streets anytime soon, but if this doesn’t happen, then we can be sure that this concept will be the inspiration for a different sports car in the future. It may not feature the same powertrain, but we hope it will bring the same performance.
- Cool exterior color
- Great autonomy
- Impressive sprint for an electric car
- Ugly headlamps
- The general exterior design could have looked better
- Only a concept with little hope for production