The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas every January, always produces a fascinating array of product from the truly bizarre to the wholly impractical – along with some very clever innovations.
One that stood out this year is the Nissan technology dubbed e-4ORCE. Nissan is elevating the performance capability of electric vehicles with its new twin-motor all-wheel-control technology that provides instant torque to all four wheels to deliver balanced, predictable power and handling on par with many premium sports cars.
The ‘e’ represents Nissan’s technologies enabled by a 100% electric motor drive system, while ‘4ORCE’, pronounced ‘force’, evokes physical power and energy with ‘4’ standing for the all-wheel control driving capability.
“The e-4ORCE twin-motor all-wheel control technology offers precise handling and stability, which gives drivers greater confidence and even more excitement than ever before,” says Takao Asami, Nissan’s senior vice president of research and advanced engineering.
“This technology enables excellent cornering performance and traction on slippery surfaces and comfortable ride for all passengers.” The technology was born from lessons learned in the development of the Nissan GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS torque split system and the Nissan Patrol’s intelligent 4X4 system.
Engineers developed the e-4ORCE technology to specifically manage electric vehicle power output and braking performance to be smooth and stable. Unparalleled ride comfort is the result of the e-4ORCE technology’s ability to minimize vehicle pitch and dive.
This is accomplished by employing regenerative braking from both front and rear motors, making city stop-and-go traffic less jostling. Similarly, on rough, bumpy roads and when accelerating, motor control is optimized to maintain ride comfort by minimizing irregular movement. e-4ORCE increases driver confidence by faithfully tracing the driver’s intended line thanks to ultra-high-precision motor and brake control.
With the confidence to handle such a variety of road surfaces, even for novice drivers on slippery surfaces, driving becomes more enjoyable.
Nissan displayed its zero-emission crossover Ariya Concept — which features e-4ORCE — at CES this year.