| 2013-11-13 | 0 Comments

At the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will reveal a hyper-agile and highly efficient EV with radical styling. More than a concept, Nissan BladeGlider is both a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle (EV) development and an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle.

Nissan_BladeGlider_4BladeGlider was developed with form following function. Nissan crafted the vehicle’s unique architecture to give the driver and passengers “sustainable exhilaration”. A clean slate was the starting point for this project, led by Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan. “The goal was to revolutionise the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics,” said Bancon.

Nissan_BladeGlider_6BladeGlider has its conceptual roots in two aerial images: the soaring, silent, panoramic freedom of a glider and the triangular shape of a high performance “swept wing” aircraft. It is therefore fitting that, in terms of engineering, BladeGlider’s developmental focus was aerodynamics: achieving low drag (cdA) while generating road-hugging downforce.

Nissan_BladeGlider_1With its narrow, 1.0 metre lightweight front track having the front wheels close together reduces drag and enhances manoeuvrability, assisted by its 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio. Aerodynamic downforce is created by the highly rigid yet lightweight carbon-fibre underbody, hence the lack of drag-inducing wings.

Nissan_BladeGlider_2When BladeGlider matures into a production car, it could be Nissan’s first use of in-wheel motors. The in-wheel motors provide rear-wheel propulsion with independent motor management, while also contributing to freedom of upper body design and space-efficient packaging.

Nissan_BladeGlider_3To power the electric motors, BladeGlider employs Nissan’s innovative lithium-ion battery technology, proven in Nissan LEAF. Battery modules are mounted low and towards the rear to enhance stability and handling.

Nissan_BladeGlider_7Inside the canopy, the cockpit seats three in a triangular configuration with the driver centre-forward. The driver’s seat automatically slides laterally when you open the door, enabling easy access to passenger seats. Seating appointments feature special light and comfortable coverings with yellow fluorescent lines.

Nissan_BladeGlider_8Amid simple yet edgy interior styling cues, an aircraft-type steering wheel and state-of-the-art instrumentation technology complete the glider-like image. To support maximum EV cruising efficiency, the IT system can display relief maps and atmospheric conditions.

Nissan_BladeGlider_5Nissan has created an EV that truly symbolises the unlimited potential of electric propulsion ─ balancing zero emissions with innovative excitement like never before.

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