Electric vehicle performance takes a leap with new technologies to be featured in next-generation Nissan EVs
Nissan Motor Co Ltd today unveiled a high-power, twin-motor, all-wheel drive control test car equipped with new technologies, which has been developed for the company’s next generation of electric vehicles (EV). The test vehicle is based on full-electric Nissan LEAF e+, and features an enhanced all-wheel drive system powered by front and rear high-power motors integrated with its chassis control technology. The result is an electric-drive all-wheel-control system that will take the performance of Nissan’s electric cars to a new level, the company noted.
This test vehicle is a key component of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the company’s vision of how vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society. The test car uses separate front and rear electric motors, with the powertrain generating maximum output of 227 kW and 680 Nm of peak torque. This performance output is complemented by the high-precision motor control provided by Nissan’s advanced EV technology. Nissan said that drivers can benefit from the all-wheel control system on nearly any road condition, heightening driving performance and confidence.
The Nissan test car’s precision control of both motors provides unparalleled ride comfort, the company noted. It said vehicle pitch and dive are minimised by adding regenerative rear motor braking to the usual front motor regenerative braking. It helps keep passengers from being shaken back and forth when slowing down on city streets, as well as minimises irregular movement when accelerating on rough, bumpy roads through optimised motor control. These features reduce the potential for motion sickness and related discomfort, Nissan explained.
In addition, the vehicle also features independent brake control for each of the four wheels to maximise the cornering force generated by each tyre, and thereby lead to high-level handling. This lets drivers enjoy cornering that faithfully follows their intentions with minimal steering, the company said.
The exterior of the test vehicle communicates the advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology within, thereby creating excitement for the new era of the company’s EV technology, it observed. The car is fitted with fender arches and rally style wheels, confirming its stand on taking on punishing road conditions. On the inside, the test vehicle is equipped with a 12.3-inch display mounted in the centre of the instrument panel that reports information on the vehicle control technology in real-time. With the custom display, the driver can better understand vehicle movement, and judge the all-wheel-control technology’s performance at a glance.
Takao Asami, Senior Vice-President, Research and Advanced Engineering, Nissan, said soon, the company will launch a next-generation EV that will be a true breakthrough. “The new electric-drive, four-wheel-control technology now being developed integrates Nissan’s electric propulsion and 4WD control technologies with our chassis control technology to achieve a huge leap in acceleration, cornering and braking performance, on par with the latest sports cars,” he added.