Nissan’s BladeGlider exploratory prototype electric vehicle revealed

November 8th, 2013 by Nissan Motor Company

The Nissan BladeGlider could represent a future direction for Nissan electric vehicle development. The three-seat vehicle is an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle.

(click image to expand - image courtesy of and ©Nissan Motors)

Nissan’s BladeGlider prototype electric vehicle (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Nissan Motor Company)

Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan, said ‘the goal was to revolutionise the architecture of the vehicle to show consumers how zero emissions can help redefine our concept of vehicle basics.’

BladeGlider’s developmental focus was on aerodynamics to achieve low drag with the front wheels close together, and to generate road-hugging downforce.

Having the front wheels close together also enhances manoeuvrability for high-G cornering power, assisted by its 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio.

Aerodynamic downforce is created by the highly rigid yet lightweight carbon-fibre underbody.

The electric vehicle shares sustainable engineering values with both Nissan LEAF and the Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car), which will make its debut at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour race.

The Nissan BladeGlider electric vehicle concept  (click image to expand)

A view from above of the Nissan BladeGlider prototype electric vehicle (click image to expand – image courtesy of and ©Nissan Motor Company)

When BladeGlider matures into a production car, it could be Nissan’s first use of in-wheel motors.

In-wheel motors provide rear-wheel propulsion with independent motor management, while allowing for a freedom in designing the upper body of the vehicle.

To power the electric motors, BladeGlider employs Nissan’s lithium-ion battery technology, which is mounted low and towards the rear to enhance stability and handling of the vehicle.

The electric vehicle’s body is made of strong, stiff and lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).

Another novelty is the driver’s seat, which automatically slides laterally when you open the door to enable easy access to the rear passenger seats.

“BladeGlider was conceived around delivering a glider-like exhilaration that echoes its lightweight, downsized hyper-efficient aerodynamic form,” said Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s senior vice president, and chief creative officer.

Nissan's BladeGlider exploratory prototype electric car (click image to expand)

Nissan’s BladeGlider exploratory prototype electric car (click image to expand- image courtesy of and ©Nissan Motor Company)

Ben Bowlby, director of Nissan Motorsport Innovation, said “I think there are elements we can bring from the race track to make these future road cars more exciting.”

With this creation, Nissan affirms its strong belief in the great potential of electric motor propulsion and zero emission vehicles.

 

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