Geneva motor show: Nissan Esflow
Nissan has revealed its Esflow concept car at the Geneva motor show. The Esflow is Nissan's latest electric concept and provides hope that such cars need not be boring.
It is based on Nissan's production electric car, the Leaf, but is much faster and specifically developed for an engaging and sporty ride.
It claims to get to 62mph in under 5 seconds and has a top speed of 120mph. This increased speed is down to the reduced weight of the Esflow, and also helps it to achieve a range of 150 miles.
The electric motors are also positioned as close to the middle of the car as possible to aid weight distribution.
At the moment it is a pure concept, but there is hope it could come to production: "Nissan has a heritage in sports cars and now it is establishing one in electric cars," said a company spokesman.
"It would be relatively easy to do because the technology is already there with the Leaf. If it's going to happen it would be within the next four years."
The key for Nissan is the volume of electric cars it sells, and it has said we can expect other electric-badged cars before the Esflow appears, if it does.
"The next step that makes sense is commercial vehicles," the spokesman continued.
A likely step would be to bring out an electric version of the NV200 van - this would be larger than sister company Renault's Kangoo so not a direct competitor.