A LEAF of a Different Color

Discussion in 'Nissan' started by xcel, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] 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.


    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.
  2. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Instead of the 240Z, call it the 120V. It has some interesting proportions from that rear view - close to the Batmobile.

    To an aging US population, "ESFLOW" sounds like a prescription medication that promotes normal movement within the digestive tract. Or is it perhaps one of those jazzy new mood-altering pills, with side effects including dizziness, tingling of the fingers, and decreased appetite. Or was that a dizzying appetite and decreasing finger tingling?
  3. cswee1932

    cswee1932 Well-Known Member

    If it drives half as good as it looks, it'll cause all of those side effects :) Heck, it could replace Viagra if it looks this good if it's made!

  4. beatr911

    beatr911 Tightwad

    I love it! If I had one I would most certainly be "dim-witted" quite often.

    I like the name 240V as it hearkens back to the first of it's breed.
  5. wokwithm

    wokwithm Well-Known Member

    How about 240ZE?
  6. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    nah, call it the 440ZE.. the next evolution.

    Nissan claims 150 miles using the same pack as the Leaf.. must be due to the lower weight.
  7. chibougamoo

    chibougamoo Well-Known Member

    The first of the 240Z's came with a modest 140 HP in-line 6, and if I remember right, they only averaged around 19 MPG (at least, the way I drove it, way back in 1970). They were a fun car to drive, a dog to park (no steering assist), and never meant as a stop-light racer (0-60 times were modest, around 10 seconds as I recall, and that was really mashing the gears and reving it into the yellow). Looked better than an Alfa, and could outperform most others in that class.

    Somewhere along the way, Nissan abandoned the "Sports-car-legere" template (best currently exemplified by the Miata), and went after the Porsche (more power, more upscale, more emphasis on swoopy shape and form). It's addictive to drive, when you have all that power on tap, but something was lost, too --- its just not as much fun when carving a corner at 30 - 50 MPG on a back-road. Sometimes less is more. (Hmm ... where's the used Miata section of the paper?)
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Herm:

    Not weight but more pack. Same chem and structure as the LEAF but probably doubled up.

    Chibougamoo, that was a very interesting look back and comparo. And probably why the Miata following is still Nissan's bread and butter. While I do not cover Miata rally stories often, the one or two that I have shows it has far more staying power and true enthusiasts than anything else in Nissan's arsenal. I do not remember a Z following other than at the 12-Hours of Sebring where a small group throws up a Nissan Z-flag and maybe 15 to 20 owners (I do not remember for sure???) all park around it.


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