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Nissan Shows off All-Electric, All-Wheel-Control Test Car

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Nissan's new all-wheel-control test car
The groundbreaking all-wheel-control EV in action
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As we’ve previously reported, Nissan is expanding its presence in the electric vehicle market with high-profile projects like the Ariya Concept, which the automaker debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show. Most recently, in Oppama, Japan, Nissan pulled back the curtain on an unnamed twin-motor, all-wheel-control test car that will challenge the notion that EVs aren’t every bit as capable as traditional gas-powered vehicles.

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The vehicle is based on the all-electric Nissan LEAF e+ and makes use of revolutionary front and rear electric motors that provide outstanding power and control. This setup produces 227 kilowatts of energy and over 500 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to its high-power, high-precision motors, the engineers at Nissan made even more tweaks to enhance performance and comfort. For example, regenerative front and rear motor braking help keep passengers steady when the vehicle comes to a halt, which could dramatically reduce the frequency of motion sickness. Each wheel boasts its own independent brake system to make cornering smooth and stable, and automatic motor control can keep the cabin stable on rough terrain.

As exciting as these advancements are, the real thrill is that this technology will be included in the next generation of Nissan EVs.

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Takao Asami, Senior Vice President for research and advanced engineering at Nissan, said, “Soon, Nissan 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.”

While we’re not sure when this technology will hit the road for real, the thought of an electrically powered all-wheel-control SUV that drives like a sports car is thrilling, to say the least.