Nissan has taken to CES this week to debut its first dual-motor, all-wheel-drive EV powertrain. Along with the hardware, Nissan has also announced the name of the powertrain: e-4ORCE, which will go into production in 2021.
Given Nissan’s early entry into EV’s with the Leaf, it comes as a bit of a shock the brand has been lagging behind competitors when it comes to dual-motor EV’s. Nonetheless, they are hoping to fill the void with e-4ORCE. The powertrain features two electric motors; one at each axle to enable battery-electric all-wheel-drive.
Nissan says e-4ORCE also enabled improved ride and handling thanks to its ability to control torque. Regenerative braking that supports both motors is also said to smooth out the braking system over Nissan’s single-motor EV’s.
Power levels from e-4ORCE are still unknown, but Nissan was testing a dual-motor layout in the Leaf not long ago. In the Leaf mule Nissan claimed it was churning out 304 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, but it is unclear if those numbers will ultimately translate into the production version.
What Nissan has confirmed is that the e-4ORCE powertrain will first debut on the production version of the Nissan Ariya SUV, which is slated to commence production in 2021. Nissan has previously committed to around 300 miles of range for the production Ariya.