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In many cases, shoppers looking to step into a new electric vehicle are mainly concerned about the total range and how fast it can charge. One thing that may not be considered is a new electric vehicle’s capability. But, like any car, the capability is essential to understand. Nissan is looking to make sure EV shoppers can enjoy the premium capability as well through developing the Nissan e-Force all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

What is this system?

The new Nissan e-Force all-wheel drive system is an advanced all-wheel drive system that will be ready to offer drivers an unmatched sense of confidence. This new system will allow drivers and passengers to feel more comfortable and confident on the roads ahead, even when the weather is less than ideal. The system will ensure you can handle any terrain with smooth and even power delivery to the front and rear. 

In the simplest terms, Nissan e-Force AWD is an all-wheel drive system explicitly created for electric vehicles.

How does the Nissan e-Force AWD system work?

a nissan leaf equipped with nissan e force all wheel drive losing traction in the rear because of wet pavement
Nissan e-Force AWD System Demo at CES 2020; A Nissan Leaf Outfitted with this System Losing Traction in the Rear | Nissan

This system works specifically to provide the necessary traction to ensure that the Nissan electric vehicle can handle the different terrain. Thanks to a dual-motor system, specific power delivery and braking are available for each wheel. According to J.D. Power, this advanced functionality will allow the all-wheel drive system to react incredibly fast, as much as three times faster than the blink of an eye. Because of this, drivers will notice the smooth and near-instantaneous acceleration in any weather.

Another significant aspect of this system is regenerative braking to help ensure optimal grip when driving. Through the use of two motors and that braking technology, the system acts similar to a torque-vectoring system with the correct balance of front and rear torque. This torque split and braking go a step further with control of each wheel. When working correctly, the handling experience with this system will be on par with that of a sports car. If necessary, torque can be sent entirely to the front or rear, depending on the current road conditions.

What other benefits does this system create?

nissan e force awd working to keep traction on wet pavement of a demo course
Nissan e-Force AWD System Demo at CES 2020 | Nissan

Aside from all-weather traction, the Nissan e-Force AWD system can make the ride more comfortable for passengers. By creating a smoother and more controlled ride, passengers can have a more enjoyable ride. One way this is completed is by significantly reducing the pitch and dive effect under braking. Using the electric motors and the regenerative braking, passengers can stay more level under deacceleration and quick braking. Altogether, this can significantly reduce the effect of motion sickness.

In addition to a smoother and more comfortable ride, this all-wheel drive system will offer much more on-road confidence. All similar systems do this, but with the technology mixed into this advanced system, the Nissan e-Force AWD can help all drivers, regardless of their experience level, enjoy a predictable and controllable drive. Drivers can maintain grip with confidence, and even if the driver drives a bit aggressively, the system can help correct that by carefully managing the power output. 

Sound too good to be true?

a new 2023 nissan ariya, the first nissan to use the e force all wheel drive system
2023 Nissan Ariya | Nissan

All-wheel drive systems are constantly evolving, and a system such as this sounds straight out of the future. Luckily, drivers won’t have to wait too long to experience it as it appears in the upcoming Nissan Ariya. This all-electric SUV is going to arrive on dealership lots at the end of 2022. It will be more than ready to help drivers enjoy every drive, no matter the weather. Who knows, maybe this system could find its way to something like a new Nissan Leaf?


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