What's Wrong With This Picture: Leaf Meets Z Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

What happens when Nissan re-imagines its Leaf EV’s internals into a “sports car of the future,” inspired by its long line of Z cars? You’re looking at it. Nissan will show this Esflow concept at the Geneva Auto Show, and, based on the reaction it receives, they’ll consider a production model. Though it uses Leaf electronics, the Esflow is being presented on a “bespoke” RWD platform, with a pair of electric motors driving the rear wheels. And the Leaf’s battery was likely improved upon for this concept, as Nissan claims about 150 miles of range and a sub-5 second 0-60 time.

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  • TheEyeballKid TheEyeballKid on Feb 09, 2011

    RWD doesn't make sense for an electric (or hybrid) vehicle - for effective regenerative braking you need electric generators attached to the front wheels - and once you've got those there, there is no reason not to use them as motors as well, so it should be AWD. If nobody has worked that out yet, those numbers were just pulled out of someone's ass. Beautiful, though.

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    • Cmoibenlepro Cmoibenlepro on Feb 09, 2011

      A FWD sports car doesn't make any sense. Don't forget that the CRZ is an epic failure.

  • Monty Monty on Feb 09, 2011


  • VoGhost Key phrase: "The EV market has grown." Yup, EV sales are up yet again, contrary to what nearly every article on the topic has been claiming. It's almost as if the press gets 30% of ad revenues from oil companies and legacy ICE OEMs.
  • Leonard Ostrander Daniel J, you are making the assertion. It's up to you to produce the evidence.
  • VoGhost I remember all those years when the brilliant TTAC commenters told me over and over how easy it was for legacy automakers to switch to making EVs, and that Tesla was due to be crushed by them in just a few months.
  • D "smaller vehicles" - sorry, that's way too much common sense! Americans won't go along because clever marketing convinced us our egos need big@ss trucks, which give auto manufacturers the profit margin they want, and everybody feels vulnerable now unless they too have a huge vehicle. Lower speed limits could help, but no politician wants to push that losing policy. We'll just go on building more lanes and driving faster and faster behind our vehicle's tinted privacy glass. Visions of Slim Pickens riding a big black jacked up truck out of a B-52.
  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys dudes off the rails on drugs and full of hate and retribution. so is musky.