In an effort to develop improved advance technologies for future electric vehicles, Nissan has revealed an all-wheel-control test car as a testament of their research and development.
The vehicle, based on the Nissan Leaf e+, features an advanced all-wheel drive system powered by a pair of high-power motors on the front and rear axles.
The twin-motor electric powertrain generates 304 hp (227 kilowatts) and 680 Nm of torque. Combined with ultra-high-precision motor control, Nissan claims that the test car is able to offer a highly responsive and smooth acceleration.
Nissan also says that the precision motor control module helps with the ride comfort of the EV. By utilising controlled regenerative motor braking on the front and rear axles, the test car is able to reduce unpleasant forces during braking, especially in a city environment.
Handling has also been enhanced by Nissan’s new all-wheel drive system. Along with managing the torque allocation between the front and rear axles, the test car can also apply brake control independently at each wheel to maximize the cornering force generated by each tyre.
The improved traction on all four wheels also results in increased driver confidence across a broad range of road conditions, be it road, snow or gravel.
Despite being a test car, Nissan has fitted the research EV with overfenders and rally-style wheels to “create excitement for the new era of Nissan EV technology”.
On the inside, the test car features a 12.3-inch display mounted at the centre of the dashboard, displaying real-time information of the vehicle control technology to the driver.
Nissan aims to make the new all-wheel-drive technology a key component of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision of how vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.
Nissan’s senior vice president of research and advanced engineering, Takao Asami said that Nissan will launch a next-generation EV based on the new technology soon.
“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.