Nissan Has Released a Video with the Two-Engine AWD Leaf Being Tested

Nissan wants to strengthen its position in the electric car market with its first e-AWD system called the e-4ORCE. The automaker says it is a revolutionary control technology that evenly distributes torque to all four wheels and provides controlled power in absolutely any situation.

The «E» in the e-4ORCE indicates that this technology is intended exclusively for electric cars. It will be implemented by installing another engine on the rear axle. The system is based on Nissan’s technologies taken from both the AT-TESA E-TS GT-R system and the Patrol 4×4 smart system.

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This system is being tested now on the modified Nissan LEAF e +, which was first shown at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. After that, Nissan demonstrated it at the CES in Las Vegas earlier this year. According to the Japanese company, the test results of this system exceeded all expectations. It is expected that the e-4ORCE will be installed for the first time on the production Ariya SUV.

Nissan notes that the use of two electric motors at once is implemented here for the first time. They provide the car with instant smooth acceleration, as well as better control and handling at all speeds. In general, according to the company's engineers, the main task of the e-4ORCE is car handling. The constant power control allows distributing torque in a 50/50 ratio between the axles, and in case of urgent need, the system can abruptly transfer up to 100% of power to one axle.

Handling is the second big advantage of the e-4ORCE, as Nissan promises «balanced chassis control, line tracking, and steering accuracy at all times.» This ensures that the vehicle's behavior remains predictable even during sudden maneuvers. To do this, the system constantly modulates the power output of each built-in dual electric motor, as well as the control of each wheel brake. By default, the torque distribution is 50/50, but the e-4ORCE can also transfer up to 100 percent of power to either the front or rear axle, as well as mix them together.

Whether this system will be used in the production Nissan Leaf or in another model — is not yet known.

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