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Electrified vehicles may be starting to take more of a stake in the auto market, with just about every automaker claiming land. Sales for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles may be on the rise, and with great incentives like the potential $7500 tax credit, or free electric vehicle charging by Electrify America for new Kia EV6 owners, more consumers are starting to feel like going green. Some may still question the performance and capabilities of electric vehicles (EVs), but would Jeep lie about the off-road capability of its 4xe vehicles? Why else would Ram be releasing an all-electric 1500 if EVs couldn’t handle the towing needs of a pickup truck? Well, you can throw Nissan’s hat into the ring, because the automaker recently revealed their e-4ORCE radio-controlled car, an RC car designed to show off the capability of Nissan's upcoming e-4ORCE all-wheel control technology.
Not necessarily a 4x4 drivetrain, all-wheel control is something we’ve heard from another automaker in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Mitsubishi Motors is known for its all-wheel drive system, All-wheel Control (AWC) and Super All-wheel Control (S-AWC), found in many modern Mitsubishi models. Both are designed to provide the driver with better handling and drivability over a variety of surfaces and various terrains. This doesn’t exclude off-road adventures, but in the Nissan PR about its e-4ORCE RC car, it only states that e-4ORCE can handle “almost any road surface”. To show the capabilities of the all-wheel drive system by Nissan, a figure-eight course with different surfaces was designed for the RC car to illustrate how the technology maintains the driving line and steerability.
As the name suggests, e-4ORCE is an all-wheel drive system developed for future Nissan EVs. With e-4ORCE's precision control technology and twin electric motors, Nissan expects this new system to be its most advanced yet, providing the driver with comfort and control when getting behind the wheel. e-4ORCE is designed to manage power output and braking performance for a smooth and stable ride. Unlike gasoline-powered engines, that shift from gears isn’t as knee-jerking, and because e-4ORCE is supposed to be smart technology, the system adapts to almost any road surface without the need for driver input to change the driving style. Tracing the driver’s intended line, even on wet surfaces that may cause slippage when taking a turn, e-4ORCE can coordinate control of the front and rear motors and the brake system to correct the vehicle and fall back in line.
As for the e-4ORCE RC car, it also comes with four electric motors, one for each wheel, to power the toy car as well as demonstrate its all-wheel control technology. No word on whether this car will become an actual toy, but the guy in the arcade-type racing seat seems happy to be driving the RC car through the test track. Maybe this will show up at the next big auto show. For now, it seems like the e-4ORCE RC car will stay in-house to provide data and feedback on how well the technology can handle various surface conditions. Now, if they put some fake snow or a puddle on the track, that’ll really impress some people.
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