The BladeGlider embodies our vision of an agile EV that provides new dimensions of driving fun and excitement. pic.twitter.com/fH022h0nTO
— Nissan Electric (@NissanElectric) August 9, 2016
On the open roads outside of Rio de Janeiro, a quiet flash could be seen zooming down the highway over the past few months. The Nissan BladeGlider Concept, an all-electric high-performance vehicle, demonstrates the potential of green technologies in the auto industry. With lightweight engineering that generates zero emissions, this battery-powered model can do 0 to 62 mph (or 0 to 100kph) in less than 5.0 seconds.
The BladeGlider is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. With a narrow design that cuts through the air, the model can hold up to three passengers. According to Nissan, the model also has dihedral doors that swing up to provide a dramatic entry, as well as a reinforced roll cage and open roof to make it feel like a Formula racecar.
“These prototypes epitomize Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. He further explains that “Nissan believes that enthusiasts should look forward to a zero emission future and Nissan BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It’s the electric vehicle for car lovers.”
The BladeGlider has a maximum speed of 118 mph, driven by two 130-kW electric motors. Plus, it has 268 horsepower and an agile design that can turn on a dime. One glance at this innovative prototype will make you fall in love.
Recently, Nissan posted a vague press release accompanied by a dimly lit photograph as a teaser for a new concept debuting at the Tokyo Auto Show. This new Nissan electric car concept is described as part of the company’s “future vision of car intelligence and electrification.” The information that the concept will be electric has led many to believe this is the unveiling of the next-generation Leaf.
The first hint that the concept is an all-new Leaf comes from the fact that the released teaser picture has the front of the car illuminated in blue light, which is a recurring motif with the Nissan Leaf. The overall styling of the car, however, is similar to the new Nissan Maxima, with a V-motion grille and flared-out wheel arches.
If the vehicle is not a Leaf, however, that means Nissan will have a second all-electric vehicle joining the Leaf in its lineup. However, after several mid-cycle upgrades and refreshes including a better battery range for the 2015 model year, the Nissan Leaf is long overdue for a new generation. The Nissan electric car concept could be exactly that. Tell us at 171 Nissan what you think of the new Nissan Electric Teaser in the comment below![Top]
At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Nissan showed off a possible future for the compact crossover segment—the Nissan Gripz Concept. This sporty crossover is designed with a new, younger generation in mind and exudes excitement and adventure from every angle.
The Gripz Concept is meant to be both an urban traveler and a weekend adventurer. The design has a similar footprint to a compact crossover, but its profile has a raised ride height and looks more like a sports car.
Designers were inspired by Nissan’s first “crossover,” the Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z from the 1970s. These racers had a raised ride height, tough suspension system, and a matte-black finish on the hood and trunk. They were both fast and athletic, and tackled the rough African terrain with ease.
Now, the Gripz takes this idea into the modern world by adding EV technology for a hybrid drivetrain. It will use the same electric motor used by the Nissan LEAF combined with an efficient gasoline engine. This combination delivers smooth and quick acceleration with excellent efficiency.
What features from the Nissan Gripz Concept would you love to see in a production model in the future? Tell us your thoughts here at 171 Nissan in the comment section below![Top]