Electric Vehicles

Nissan Unveils EV Sports Car Prototype

August 04, 2016

Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has developed the Nissan BladeGlider prototype, a zero-emissions futuristic sports car that's powered by a five module lithium-ion 220 kW battery. Maximum speed of the demonstration models is in excess of 115 mph, with 62 mph taking less than five seconds. The rear wheels' drive is provided by two 130kW electric motors – one for each wheel, according to the automaker.

Output for the BladeGlider is rated at 268 hp and 521 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Bladeglider is part of Nissan's on-going commitment to the development of zero-emission vehicles and new automotive technologies including autonomous drive systems and connectivity, according to the automaker.

The system features torque vectoring, which automatically sends more torque to the outside wheel to restore the handling balance if the car starts to understeer.

"These prototypes epitomize Nissan's drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility philosophy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility. Nissan believes that enthusiasts should look forward to a zero emission future and Nissan BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It's the electric vehicle for car lovers," said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

The Nissan Bladeglider was developed to create an EV that would provide near-silent electric powertrain and aerodynamic shape. The demonstration models feature an advanced chassis configuration with a narrow front track and wider rear track.

Wheel-mounted controls for Nissan BladeGlider's systems feed into an advanced display showing speed, state of battery charge, regeneration mode, and torque map. Flanking the central display are two screens, with the images of rear-view cameras mounted just behind the front wheels; an alternative to door-mounted mirrors.

The vehicle was developed from concept cars first shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013.

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