Nissan’s ESFLOW Concept is definitely a “charger”. [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Nissan_ESFLOW_Concept.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Mar. 2, 2011 A futuristic Nissan Z powered by the electron. While we most here do not really care that Nissan makes one of the most iconic sports cars in the history of the automobile in the form of the Z, we do care that Nissan is now firmly in the lead with its award winning and as of today, “Best in Class” BEV. So what would happen if they somehow combined the two? Here is what would happen. You would have an affordable performance oriented sports car with all of the environmental benefits of the LEAF. And that is just what Nissan did with their two-seater concept called “ESFLOW”. ESFLOW is not only a pure BEV but also an attractive performance car sure to grab the attention of enthusiasts everywhere. It is based on what Nissan says is existing technology but implemented in innovative ways including composite body covers and an aluminum chassis. Where the green really does meet the road - the Powertrain The ESFLOW concept is a rear-wheel drive powered by two motors located just above the rear axle between the wheels. These motors independently control the left and right wheels so torque is applied independently allowing what Super Handling does in some of Acura’s 4WD’s today. The ESFLOW’s real claim to fame although it would be completely dim-witted to even attempt to use it on a public roadway is that it can do the 0 to 60 dance in < 5 seconds. Power comes from the same NEC/Nissan based on the same laminated Li-Ion battery packs used in the LEAF, These cleverly positioned batteries enable the car to travel over 150-miles AER. The pack has to be at least a 48 kWh to achieve that level of range but since it’s a concept, it really does not matter at this time. However, remember what we wrote about regarding that very large Li-Ion battery manufacturing facility that Nissan is building in TN? It most certainly is not being built to only supply LEAF’s but something else into the future. I will leave that thought for you to speculate on for the time being Body and Chassis The ESFLOW incorporates a clean sheet approach to its SuperCars exterior appearance while riding on an aluminum chassis built around the drive train. This is standard at this level of “exotica” but Nissan added a touch more flair. Interior The seats themselves are upholstered in gold leather and perforated gold suede while the doors are trimmed in dark blue leather and suede. The dash features four multifunction illuminated LCD displays. ESFLOW – Interior Goofy or something you would like to sit in for the next 5-years Early Conclusions The rest of Nissan’s ESFLOW Concept PR was so filled with flowery adjectives that it was embarrassing to read let alone post… It is a powerful electric car that will surely handle well and attract attention in the real world. The asking price however is not going to have anything to do with real in any way, shape or form.