Advertisement

Nissan launches 4x4 e-4ORCE electric powertrain at CES

The more potent all-wheel-drive electric powertrain was showcased in the brand’s Ariya Concept SUV and a Nissan Leaf test vehicle

Nissan unveiled its new twin-motor all-electric drivetrain at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Called e-4ORCE, it’s the Japanese brand’s first commercially available all-wheel-drive electric powertrain, which is expected to appear on a forthcoming production version of the Ariya Concept SUV.

The e-4ORCE system draws on knowledge gained from the development of the Nissan GT-R’s track-focussed torque splitting drivetrain and the Nissan Patrol’s off-road-focussed intelligent four-wheel-drive system. It also features a regenerative braking system across both electric motors, which Nissan says reduces pitch and dive under deceleration, contributing to a better ride quality and improved passenger comfort.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Best electric cars on sale now

Takai Asami, Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Research, said: “The e-4ORCE twin-motor all-wheel control technology offers precise handling and stability, giving greater confidence and enabling excellent cornering performance and traction on slippery surfaces – as well as a comfortable ride for all passengers.”

Performance details for the e-4FORCE system are yet to be announced. However, back in Autumn 2019, Nissan previewed the new electric powertrain with a Leaf e+ development mule which delivered a maximum output of 304bhp and 680Nm of torque. It sported the same regenerative braking system and a pseudo-torque-vectoring system which independently brakes each of the car’s four wheels when cornering to maximise grip.

What do you make of Nissan’s latest all-wheel-drive electric powertrain? Let us know in the comments section below…

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Nissan Sunderland: Factory's future dependent on Brexit deal
Nissan Ariya concept
Nissan

Nissan Sunderland: Factory's future dependent on Brexit deal

Nissan's vast Sunderland plant survived global cost-cutting measures from Japanese maker, but its future is still in the balance
3 Jun 2020
Talks to move Renault Kadjar and Captur production to Nissan Sunderland on hold, according to reports
News

Talks to move Renault Kadjar and Captur production to Nissan Sunderland on hold, according to reports

Renault and Nissan were in talks to move production of the two SUVs from Spain to the UK, but these discussions have been paused due to political clim…
1 Jun 2020
Renault-Nissan Alliance launches cost-saving initiative
Renault

Renault-Nissan Alliance launches cost-saving initiative

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have confirmed a rigorous cost-saving scheme, which will save the Alliance a total of £1.8 billion
27 May 2020
Nissan Sunderland aims to resume production in early June
Nissan Leaf badge
Nissan

Nissan Sunderland aims to resume production in early June

Production at Nissan’s Sunderland plant will remain suspended throughout May, with production resuming in June on a phased basis
30 Apr 2020

Most Popular

New 2020 BMW 4 Series arrives with bold new look and a huge grille
BMW 4 Series

New 2020 BMW 4 Series arrives with bold new look and a huge grille

Imposing grille leads the way as the new BMW 4 Series takes a new design direction away from its 3 Series sibling
2 Jun 2020
New Tesla Model Y 2020 review
Tesla Model Y

New Tesla Model Y 2020 review

The new Tesla Model Y has the potential to be the EV brand’s most successful model yet
4 Jun 2020
New Hyundai Santa Fe facelift adds plug-in hybrid power for the first time
Hyundai Santa Fe

New Hyundai Santa Fe facelift adds plug-in hybrid power for the first time

The Hyundai Santa Fe SUV has been overhauled for 2020 with a striking new look and a new plug-in hybrid powertrain
3 Jun 2020