I’ve said it over and over again; electric cars don’t have to be boring. The Nissan ESFLOW is proof of that. Nissan’s rear-wheel drive electric sports car concept is proof of that, if only they will build it.
Nissan plans to unveil this sporty electric vehicle at the Geneva Auto Show next month, which ditches the Versa-sourced body of the current Leaf for something new and unique. The sporty two-seater features the same powertrain as the Leaf, but with just two seats and a lot less sheet metal and in all likelihood a lot less weight. Why? Well Nissan says that this concept gets about 150 miles to a charge, 50% better range than a Leaf in “ideal” conditions.
And if that doesn’t tittilate you, how about a 0-60 time of under five seconds? That’s equivalent to a car with 400 horsepower, but with zero emissions, no gas…and a distinct lack of engine rumble. I guess that’s the one pitfall of electric performance cars, no mean growl, but it wouldn’t stop me from buying a rear-wheel drive electric car. I think this thing looks hot, and it’s got all the right numbers to keep me interested. It sort of looks like a smaller 370Z, and I can totally dig that. Would you buy this bad boy if Nissan built it?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMI’s. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.