Nissan Tests AWD Crossover Leaf

Nissan has built an all-wheel-drive, crossover-style Leaf as a test vehicle to pioneer new EV technologies.

The car has two independent electric motors, one on each axle, generating 227kW of power and 501ft-lbs of torque. Nissan says this is controlled by an “advanced motor controller”, which offers “responsive, yet uncommonly smooth, acceleration”.

The automaker’s current Leaf has one motor on the front axle, generating up to 160kW on the more powerful Leaf e+. Its test mule car has independent braking on each wheel, meaning the electric control unit inside the car can control the braking force applied, claiming to enhance corner speed potential and grip.

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