This is the Nissan ESFLOW concept car, which marries sports car looks and performance with zero emissions EV technology from the Nissan LEAF, the reigning European Car of the Year. Fear that we’ll all be driving golf karts in the future? Nissan says that the ESFLOW “shows that driving can still be as much fun tomorrow as it is today”.

This Geneva bound two-seater concept has a shape that isn’t too far away from a 370Z, is rear wheel drive and does 0-100 km/h in less than five seconds. There are two electric motors placed above the axis of the rear wheels in a mid-ship position, one powering each rear wheel. Torque to each wheel is controlled for optimum handling and efficiency.

Range is over 240 km on one charge and power comes from the same laminated lithium-ion battery packs used in the LEAF, but are located along the axis of the front and rear wheels in the ESFLOW. This centralises the mass of the car, and thus its rotation point, which is close to the driver’s hips.

The swoopy composite body covers an aluminium chassis with its own roll cage. Roll bars are incorporated in to the structure behind the seats to take the entire load of the car in the event of a roll over, so there are no thick A-pillars here. Nissan says the unobstructed view is akin to a fighter pilot’s.

The colour scheme chosen for the ESFLOW is inspired by glaciers, “highly reflective solidified liquid with blue tints in its shadows”. There’s more blue in the headlights, Nissan emblem and wheel inserts.

Hi res images after the jump.

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