Nissan ESFLOW Concept Sport EV: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

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It may look like someone spilled their mug of Juke all over a drawing of Infiniti's Essence, but the Nissan ESFLOW is something we're glad to see from a major carmaker that already has one EV on the market: a sports car EV concept. Rear-wheel drive, two-seats, 0-62 mph in under 5 seconds, it hits all the right notes. It's called the ESFLOW.

Nissan says the ESFLOW is good for 240 km (148.8 mi) on a single charge thanks to its laminated lithium-ion battery pack. Speaking of the pack, it's mounted low and with a mind for weight distribution, the better to preserve handling balance.

So how close is the ESFLOW to a production reality? Surprisingly close despite the funky look. Nissan says the sporty EV is based on existing technology, but "implemented in innovative ways." Those wild curves, for instance, aren't steel, but composite, and they're wrapped over an aluminum chassis. The powertrain is based on the same stuff that's in the LEAF, but tuned up a notch--the same thing we said in our preview of a LEAF-based sports car last July.

For the full Nissan story on the ESFLOW (including an odd/cute anecdote on the type of person that drives an ESFLOW) hit page two. For a look at the car from the greener end of the spectrum, be sure to read Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield's coverage at AllCarsElectric.

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