Thursday, September 24, 2020
News Nissan’s AWD Technology For Its EVs Will Be Called e-4ORCE

Nissan’s AWD Technology For Its EVs Will Be Called e-4ORCE

Nissan completes development on their e-4ORCE AWD technology supported by their experience in the matter


  • System uses one electric motor per axle.

  • Depending on driving conditions, 100% of the power can go to the front or rear motor.

  • e-4ORCE will find its way into the production version of the Ariya concept.


For most in North America, Nissan and AWD are far from synonymous as they are for Subaru and all-wheel drive. Even so, Nissan has extensive experience in the field; their Nissan Patrol’s intelligent 4×4 system is well established and closer to home, remember that the Nissan GT-R features the ATTESSA E-TS torque split AWD system. It is with this know-how that engineers have developed e-4ORCE AWD using two electric motors and plenty of tricks.

2019 Tokyo Motor Show : The Nissan Ariya Electric Crossover Concept

According to Ryozo Hiraku, expert leader of Nissan’s powertrain and EV engineering division: “This technology offers a new level of control. New for Nissan, new for EVs. e-4ORCE control technology is the combination of our know-how of all-wheel drive and chassis control technology, and our EV development expertise. e-4ORCE is not a successor of one, but an evolution of many.”

Nissan e-4ORCE AWD | Photo: Nissan

This claim is based on the combination of Nissan’s e-powertrain control technology, which transfers driver intentions into instant and appropriate reactions and superior handling by fully varying power from the default 50/50 split to 100% to either axle.

Finally, the enhanced confidence and comfort that is provided by precise motor control responses no matter the situation, be it a slippery surface or a loss traction, make e-4ORCE a very complete and competent electric AWD system. If anything, we’ve never seen a Nissan LEAF being so convincingly pushed like the one in the provided images.

Nissan e-4ORCE AWD | Photo: Nissan

Nissan e-4ORCE AWD | Photo: Nissan

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