Nissan turns over a new Leaf
THE adage that a leaf doesn’t fall too far from the tree has been followed by Nissan.
Ready for its debut at this month’s Geneva motor show, the Nissan Esflow concept coupe is based on the technology of Nissan’s global plug-in electric hatchback, the Leaf.
It is the second all-electric car in the budding ‘‘Zero Emission’’ family that includes the Leaf and is expected to quickly expand into commercial vans under the Nissan and Renault nameplates.
‘‘Owning an ecologically sound car does not have to come at the expense of driving enjoyment,’’ Nissan says. The two-seat Esflow demonstrates the flexibility — in design and drivetrain layout— of electric propulsion. It uses all the drivetrain technology already employed by Nissan in the Leaf hatch — now rolling out sales around the world— and is heavily hinted as being a production-viable car.
The Esflow, a sports car designed from the outset as a zero emission vehicle, has two electric motors— each turning a rear wheel to eliminate a differential and drive shafts. Nissan claims a range of up to 240km and a 0-100km/h sprint of less than five seconds.
The Nissan Esflow which will be debut at the Geneva motor show this month