Let’s see now… 0-60 in under 5 seconds, two seats and a range of 150 miles. Hmm… it seams as though Nissan is getting the idea that if you want to sell electric cars to enthusiasts you’d better make them fun. Meet the Nissan Esflow, a concept car for those people who actually like to drive cars. The Esflow is based on the same technology that is found in the all electric Nissan Leaf. It’s got two motors that independently drive the rear wheels as well as the same laminated lithium-ion battery packs as the current Leaf. In the Esflow however, the packs are placed along the axis of the front and rear wheels thus centralizing the cars mass which helps it achieve 150 miles per charge. The idea behind the Esflow is to give the public an idea of what future electric sports cars might look like (umm.. Tesla?)
Regardless, Nissan is touting the sporty concept as a machine that does everything from linking instantly to your PDA, to getting you immediate directions to your destination. It’s also super tiny (think Smart Car Coupe) and so it will fit just about anywhere as well.
What Nissan needs to understand is that there is more to building a sporty electric car then just filling it full of technology. These cars need to have a soul and peak the drivers adrenaline from the moment they open the garage door. Don’t get me wrong, I applaud Nissan for creating this, but in my opinion they still have quite a ways to go.