Since it went on sale in late 2010, over 100,000 Nissan Leafs have been sold, marking an important milestone for both the brand, and electric cars in general. But what about the promised electric sports car Nissan teased a few years ago? It’s still in the works, according to Nissan’s design chief, and it could combine elements of popular past concepts.
In an interview with Motor Authority, Nissan’s global design chief Shiro Nakamura says that the Leaf’s design is obviously designed to appeal to the masses, rather than debut any sort of cutting edge looks. Those far out, futuristic looks are reserved for the electric sports car Nissan is still working on, and which may combine design attributes borrowed from the Nissan Bladeglider and ESFLOW concepts. Perhaps we’ll see a little bit of the Nissan ZEOD RC race car influence as well.
In-wheel electric motors are also mentioned, with Nakamura mentioning that large improvements in efficiency are making in-wheel motors more appealing. With the Leaf finding its way into 100,000 homes, perhaps now Nissan will let designers be a bit more daring with the next electric car, allowing Nakamura to show off the sporty, exciting side of EVs. Perhaps Nissan will also go forward with the promised all-electric racing series as well?
Racing series aside, it sounds like Nissan is working on an electric sports car for the common man, and if you ask me, it can’t come soon enough.
Source: Motor Authority