Nissan reveals its future EV architecture


Nissan has revealed details of the CMF-EV platform, a dedicated electric vehicle architecture that will debut on the Nissan Ariya all-electric coupé-crossover. The CMF-EV platform will form the basis for 15 electric models across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance by 2030.

“CMF-EV is defined by technological innovation and the potential of its modularity, paving the way for the next exciting generation of electric vehicles from Nissan and our Alliance partners,” stated Pierre Loing, Nissan’s VP of product planning. The Nissan team informally refer to the platform as a “magic flying carpet”.

A key benefit of the design is that it enables an ‘open floor’ concept, with a flat platform upon which cabin space can be enlarged and rethought. Placeholders for electric motors were plotted directly adjacent to the front and rear axles, while the battery packs were designed to be as slim as possible, forming a structural support system for the platform.

In the cabin of Ariya, the designers placed the air conditioning unit further forward than usual and optimised the front and rear seating positions. As a transmission tunnel is not required, Nissan’s designers had more available space in which created a greater sense of roominess with more legroom throughout, for a lounge-like experience. The cabin space can be customised thanks to the movable central console.

The CMF-EV platform will debut on the Nissan Ariya all-electric coupé-crossover

Nissan offers the CMF-EV platform with multiple specification options of power units and drivetrains – including a single-motor offering and dual-motor e-4ORCE configuration.

e-4ORCE is Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel control technology, which generates precise motor and braking inputs to balance performance with control and give drivers confidence on a variety of road surfaces. The e-4ORCE system also minimises vehicle pitch under braking, optimising brake balance between the front and rear to provide a stable, smooth ride.

“The CMF-EV platform is a marvel of creative engineering; from providing exceptional living-room style space – longer cabin length to vehicle length – to accommodating our state-of-the-art e-4ORCE drivetrain technology, its versatility gives us the ability to push the boundaries of engineering and design capabilities,” added Loing.

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