• Jul 19, 2010
Nissan is reportedly considering building a sports car based on the electric drive hardware from its new Leaf EV. From a business perspective, it would likely make sense for Nissan to follow the same path set forth by Toyota/Lexus with premium hybrid models, and indeed, the Leaf is already pegged to get a pricier sibling at Infiniti. A premium battery electric vehicle could be sold a significantly higher price point, helping to subsidize the cost of more mainstream models like the Leaf.

The big question is what platform to use. Mercedes-Benz and Audi are both developing electric versions of their respective supercars. Nissan could do a battery powered version of the 370Z, which has both its positives and negatives. The Z is relatively lightweight for a modern car, although its small size could make packaging the battery problematic. A more likely scenario might be a version of the 2009 Infiniti Essence concept which was originally shown as a hybrid. The larger car would allow for more battery and range.

A third possibility that might actually be the best option is a new car based on the Leaf platform but with the motor moved to the rear axle. The compact size of the electric motor could make packaging easier than with an internal combustion vehicle, and much of the rest of the hardware could stay the same.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Do it. Do it now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then do it again every two years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They could pull a Honda and just chop the rear set of doors off the Leaf and call it the new Pulsar. Instant CRZ fighter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha-ha. No.

      Take a look at the Tesla. There's not enough energy in a battery pack to make a reasonable high performance sports car right now. Let alone a supercar. Even with the ridiculously watered-down definition of supercar nowadays.

      If you mean a sports car like the Miata, then maybe. But it's going to be heavier than you like.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damnit, spin cycle...... you have a good point :

        Maybe go midway, and do a 370z-type car with 50% more battery power than the Leaf.. $50k or so.. i think it would fill a niche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The article does say sports car and not super car right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      An electric GT-R probably makes the most sense since it is considered a "supercar", already commands a high price tag and it could easily make the jump to the next level.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The GT-R prides itself on being for "anyone, anytime and anywhere." If it can no longer go on road trips this would no longer be true.