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Slideshow: Nissan’s BladeGlider EV Aims for Efficiency, Performance

Nissan Motor Co. is taking the electric vehicle into new territory, rolling out an exotic-looking three-seat concept car that combines sustainability with race car-like performance.

Known as the BladeGlider, the vehicle is remarkable for its wedge-shaped appearance, which includes a narrow, one-meter-wide front track and a broad back end. It also includes a single seat in front, two in the rear, and in-board electric motors on its rear wheels.

Click on the photo of the BladeGlider below to get an inside look at Nissan’s concept EV.

Nissan’s BladeGlider concept car is 3.3 feet wide at the front wheels and six feet wide at the rear. (Source: Nissan Motor Co.)
Nissan’s BladeGlider concept car is 3.3 feet wide at the front wheels and six feet wide at the rear.
(Source: Nissan Motor Co.)

The vehicle uses the same triangular footprint of the company’s ZEOD RC race car, which debuted in Japan in October and is scheduled to run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2014. The BladeGlider, however, will be geared toward the consumer market. ”Who says the sports car of the future has to be powered by an internal combustion engine?” Nissan spokesman Dan Passe said during a discussion with Design News. “Roadsters and convertibles are designed to drive around town. An electric powertrain is a perfect solution.”

Plans are for the BladeGlider to eventually be more than a concept vehicle. “This will be a production car,” Nissan’s global product planning chief, Andy Palmer, told Automotive News recently.
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