Nissan is currently testing a somewhat unique Leaf prototype that has two electric motors, for more than 300 hp and 680 Nm of torque. This configuration will be found in the future on an electric crossover.
This is an important innovation for Nissan which, at first glance, does not seem like it. This simple Leaf e + hides makes a somewhat special configuration with two electric motors instead of one, and four-wheel drive. The whole develops 227 kW (just over 300 hp) and above all 680 Nm of torque. An impressive reserve of breath for an electric novelty to come at Nissan: a battery-powered SUV, which will support the Leaf in a catalog that is currently relatively thin in terms of electric cars.
Nissan is already putting forward words like “acceleration”, “traction” and “sport” for this powertrain which will be found on this SUV about which we know nothing, or almost, at the moment. In any case, it will be interesting to see if there is a sharing of this technology with the partners of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.
With such a configuration, Nissan could be placed in front of the Tesla Model 3 in terms of performance, but it will probably be necessary to revise upwards the capacities of the Leaf’s batteries. Even if an increase in power means better energy recovery under braking, the consumption will also increase.