Nissan's electric dreams - What it's like to drive
As a result, although the 0-62mph time is 13 seconds, company insiders admit that the car's 0-40mph performance is equivalent to that of a high-powered V6 petrol engine.
However, no official torque figures or other acceleration times have been released.
'The EV is a completely different vehicle, but it is not a car that is boring to drive,' said Minoru Shinohara, Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology at Nissan. 'It delivers real performance in a practical way.'