Nissan recently demonstrated its enhanced twin-motor all-wheel-drive system & other associated technologies on a Nissan Leaf e+ EV prototype.
To show that its future EVs will be able to deliver sports car-like performance & handling, Nissan has developed a Leaf e+ prototype to showcase its advancements in the field. The key highlight of the test prototype is an enhanced all-wheel-drive system, powered by twin high-power electric motors (one at either end of the vehicle), that works in conjunction with Nissan's Chassis Control tech.
'Soon, Nissan will launch a next-generation EV that will be a true breakthrough,' said Takao Asami, Senior VP (Research & Advanced Engineering) at Nissan. 'The new electric-drive all-wheel-control technology being developed integrates Nissan’s electric propulsion and AWD 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. This breakthrough in the making will form a key component of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the brand's ideology & vision for its EVs.
Using separate front & rear electric motors, the powertrain is capable of putting out 304bhp & 680Nm of torque. However, the chassis control ensures that the power is delivered in a smooth manner, without compromising on the immediate response of an electric powertrain. The vehicle pitch & dive are further minimised by regenerative braking from both motors (by distributing the torque evenly). The chassis control also offers independent braking to each wheel. This allows maximum traction while executing high-speed turns. The system is synonymous to Torque Vectoring found on modern-day ICE cars.
With such levels of power & torque control, Nissan is also working on making EVs suitable to drive in varied conditions & on different surfaces, thereby enhancing their everyday usability.