Nissan readies its EV
28th July, 2009
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd has previewed its electric vehicle
EV platform on a Tiida-based prototype to demonstrate the superior driving pleasure of a pure
zero-emission vehicle. It also showcased a sophisticated EV-IT system developed to support electric
driving 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Newly developed EV platform
The dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, compact
lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity, delivering outstanding driving performance
and safety, while offering a quiet and peaceful driving experience – a unique feature of a fully-electric
The in-house developed electric motor delivers 80 kW/280 Nm for high response and powerful acceleration.
Nissan’s unique motor control also contributes to the vehicle’s seamless acceleration.
The 24kWh laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the vehicle floor for more
efficient packaging, without compromising cabin or cargo space. The battery layout also allows smooth
underfloor air-flow which helps reduce drag. Additionally, the regenerative brake system employed to
recharge the battery during deceleration and braking extends the driving range to more than 160 km*1 under
a full charge.
High durability is achieved by employing an additional frame for the battery pack to significantly
improve the rigidity of the platform. The combination of a high rigidity platform and electric powertrain
minimises vibration and external sounds to produce a quiet and pleasing drive.
EV-IT support function
Nissan has developed a sophisticated IT system for its zero-emission EVs, connecting the vehicle’s
on-board transmitting unit to a global data centre*2 to support EV driving 24 hours 7 days a week.
Usability and convenience for EV driving is achieved via the following:
Maximum range display
- With a simple touch of a button, the navigation map shows the driving radius within range under the
current state of charge.
- The system can calculate if the vehicle is within range of a pre-set destination.
Update on charging stations
- The navigation system points out the latest information on available charging stations within the
current driving range.
- Detailed information for each charging station will also be displayed.
- The timer function enables the air-conditioner or battery charging to begin at a specified time. The
air-conditioner can be pre-set while the vehicle is plugged-in to cool the cabin to a desirable
temperature before driving begins, without taxing the vehicle’s battery. Meanwhile, the battery charging
can be set to start at a specified time at night to benefit from more favourable electricity
EV remote control and monitoring function
- The driver can monitor the state-of-charge of the EV via an on-line web site and a mobile telephone.
For example, when the battery is fully charged, a message alert is sent to the mobile phone. Additional
remote control functions range from switching the charging system ON/OFF or setting the air-conditioner
To be a leader in zero-emission mobility, Nissan is progressing its development for electric vehicles
and the key components. The all-electric vehicle slated for launch in 2010 will have a unique design and
body. Nissan plans to unveil the design of the production EV at its new Global Headquarters Opening in
Yokohama on 2nd August 2009.
Nissan has been addressing a wide range of actions under "Blue Citizenship" which represents the
company's desire to protect the blue planet and to be a corporate citizen that can live symbiotically
with people and society. These efforts range from such global issues as the environmental protection to
contribution to communities, promoting diversity and making personal mobility available to as many people
as possible. Nissan continues promoting the development of zero-emission vehicles based on the "Blue
Citizenship" spirit by introducing effective technologies, products and services into the market.
*1: US LA4 mode. Actual range may vary depending on driving style and conditions.
*2: Global data centre: A globally common platform to provide identical telematics services via
mobile network by connecting internet and vehicle IT system.