Nissan BladeGlider Concept is Production-Bound

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 14

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

InsideEVs detailed the Nissan BladeGilder Concept last Friday.  As radical as it is, our initial thought was that there was little chance this electric, head-turning machine would enter production.

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Turns out, we were wrong.

Nissan now says that the BladeGlider (or something quite similar to it) will enter the production cycle within three years.

More specifically, Nissan’s executive vice-president, Andy Palmer, told Autocar this:

“When I was growing up the principle was that young people wanted a sports car and their parents hated the idea of them – the problem with all of today’s sports cars is that they are actually owned by parents. We are exploring ways of getting back to a sports car that is affordable, challenging and appealing for young people.”

“I’ve driven the prototype, and it is unlike anything I have sampled before.  This is the car that takes advantage of all the packaging benefits of an electric powertrain. All that weight and the set-up of the front racks means that the car is incredibly pointy, but the rear track and downforce mean that you can catch the oversteer with amazing ease.”

Notice Palmer’s enthusiasm?  Palmer further confirmed to Autocar that the BladeGlider will be in production in 3 years and that it’ll be positioned below the Nissan 370Z, which means it won’t be nearly as expensive as most would have thought.

We suspect that the BladeGlider will be altered rather significantly as it makes its way into production, but the basic premise of an extremely lightweight electric sports car that’s both affordable and fun to drive will remain.

*Side note: This post marks #3,000 for InsideEVs.  You can bet there will be thousands more to come.

Source: Autocar

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14 responses to "Nissan BladeGlider Concept is Production-Bound"

  1. Anon says:

    Needs to be more practical to own, to sell in volume at that price range… A roof would be nice.

    1. Brian says:

      I can pretty much guarantee t will have a roof, even if made of canvas.

  2. ELROY says:

    Now thats what I’m talking about. An affordable, ultra sporty electric car. This could be in a class by itself. Would be nice to have 2 abreast front seating…but if the performance excels, then I would buy it. The narrow front end is probably superior in aerodynamics. (Think aircraft design). This is an innovative design that other manufacturers would probably be afraid to copy. Bravo Nissan. My LEAF lease is up in 3yrs. This could be my next Nissan.

    1. Pedro says:

      “The most aerodynamic efficient shape is water drop, whose Cd is 0.05”. That’s why I want to see reverse trike electric cars like Aptera, Opel Rak-e and Veeco RT (all with 0.15-0.19 Cd) go to production.

      1. kdawg says:

        Water drops are not aerodynamic. The “tear-drop” shape is, which is not what occurs in nature.

        How about some golf-ball dimples or vortex generators?

        1. Pedro says:

          You’re correct, it’s tear-drop, not water-drop.

  3. Warren says:

    This is clearly intended to gain buzz from the ZEOD RC. I am still waiting for someone to explain how this rail dragster chassis works in road racer. It goes against everything I have ever read about cornering, and aerodynamics.

  4. Spec9 says:

    Yeah . . . sure they are going build it.

    1. Dan Frederiksen says:

      I have doubts as well but keep in mind the decided the Leaf looked good and that Pivo2 was worth putting on display. The japanese don’t always have the firmest grasp on reality.

      If they build it like that then it’s facepalm territory. But if they use the narrow shape to build it super light, aero and simple so it can be cheap enough to warrant the extreme looks then maybe. But that doesn’t look like a car that will be anywhere near cheap enough to warrant the look. Just the motorized front seat points towards irrationally expensive.

      Too many car designers have watched too much manga and ‘thinks’ that good car design is to be outrageous.

  5. Jay Cole says:

    Plug-in cars don’t have to make sense for me to buy them, as long as they feature that quasi-futuristic/wildly impractical look, I’m game.

    Not sure how many other people will buy one though – GM kinda went off the rails with something they thought was visually please/futuristic with the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky (which was fairly inexpensive)…that didn’t turn out so well for the General, and the BladeGlider is way, way beyond that

    1. Brian says:

      I’m not sure that I’ll believe looks are what did the Solstice/Sky in. I still think that it’s a beautiful car. I’d love to have one. (an electric one, of course 😉 )

    2. jeppollcat75 says:

      I would have bought a Solstice if it had gotten better mileage. It’s one of the most beautiful American cars in years and years. I’d definitely buy one if it had the Voltec drivetrain or an EV drivetrain. And I would ABSOLUTELY love to have the chance to buy or lease the BladeGlider in three years when the lease on my brand new Volt expires. (I’m also hoping GM will release a sports coupe version of the Volt — perhaps something closer to the original Volt concept car — by that time.)

    3. Spec9 says:

      Yeah, I almost bought one of those. I’d love an electric version. (Not the over-priced and never delivered AMP conversion though.)

    4. Warren says:

      Yup. A classic. Much better looking than any Corvette after 1962.