Nissan has unveiled this new electric sports-car concept that now stars at the Geneva motor show. Dubbed Esflow, it features a bespoke rear-drive platform and electric components from the Leaf and it could inspire a future production model.
The two-seater has a similar profile to the 370Z, and its futuristic looks mix 370Z and Leaf design cues. A pair of electric motors drive the rear axle – each independently controlling a wheel for optimised torque distribution and stability - allowing for a 0-62mph time of less than five seconds. The range from its lithium-ion battery pack borrowed from the Leaf is just shy of 150 miles.
Esflow’s aluminium chassis has been created especially for the concept. Nissan says “it has been built around the drivetrain, taking full advantage of the opportunities electric propulsion provides”. This means weight distribution has been optimised by mounting the battery pack on the axis of the front and rear wheels.
“Unlike a conventional fuel tank, batteries do not get lighter as they provide energy, so the car’s weight distribution remains constant throughout a drive,” says Nissan.