Nissan BladeGlider Concept Promises Zero Emissions, High-Performance
Impressive performance figures and zero emissions make Nissan’s new BladeGlider Concept very interesting indeed…
‘Zero emissions’ and ‘high-performance’ aren’t two terms that you often use in the same sentence. But that isn’t discouraging Nissan from trying to create a vehicle that boasts both.
Enter the BladeGlider, a futuristic-looking, electric vehicle with a long, slender nose and a 1+2 cabin configuration (a bit like the McLaren F1).
However, it should be noted that the BladeGlider isn’t exactly new. Nissan has been collaborating on variations of it since 2010 when the DeltaWing was introduced. A few years later in 2013, an all-Nissan BladeGlider Concept was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. This featured an electric in-wheel drivetrain; lightweight construction; and downforce-generating bodywork.
That concept model paved the way for the car you see now, two of which were recently revealed at a special event marking the start of the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
The two BladeGlider prototypes represent “an exciting, real-life study into the potential of advanced EV performance”, according to Nissan, which teamed up with UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering for the project.
Powered by two 130kW (174-horsepower) electric motors – which are supplied by a 220kW lithium-ion battery and have a combined output of 200kW output (268-horsepower), the BladeGlider is capable of doing 0-62mph in less than five seconds and has a top speed of 118mph. While those stats may not sound that impressive to some people, let’s not forget that this is a zero emissions vehicle.
The BladeGlider cockpit is open, yet significantly minimalistic. There’s a seamless windscreen and a driver-focussed dash that features several screens displaying current speed, battery state and regeneration information.
All of the BladeGlider’s seats boast four-point safety harnesses and are finished with either a Cyber Green or Stealth Orange fabric. The 1+2 layout, Nissan says, gives backseat passengers plenty of leg room, as well as panoramic views.
More detailed information regarding the BladeGlider’s range and charging time isn’t available at the moment, but we’ll be sure to update you once it is.
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