Nissan takes an in-depth look at its latest electric vehicle architecture, the CMF-EV platform, shedding light on the intricacies underpinning its future electric vehicle (EV) models. The company aims to spend £13.2 billion on electrification over the next five years
Known as a ‘magic flying carpet’ within Nissan, the CMF-EV platform offers extensive creative opportunities for designers to redefine driver and passenger experiences.
The electric vehicle-dedicated platform will be employed for the first time on the Nissan Ariya, the brand’s first all-electric coupé-crossover.
Pierre Loing, Vice President of Product Planning at Nissan Motor Company, said: “The CMF-EV platform is a marvel of creative engineering; from providing exceptional living-room-style space – longer cabin length to vehicle length – to accommodating our state-of-the-art e-4ORCE drivetrain technology, its versatility gives us the ability to push the boundaries of engineering and design capabilities”.
The CMF-EV platform also brings further opportunities for collaboration. The platform leverages synergies within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, maximising manufacturing efficiency to achieve the partners’ common 2030 roadmap – bringing optimum value to customers heading into an exciting electrified future.
As recently announced by the Alliance companies, the platform will form the basis for 15 electric models by 2030.
Loing added: “CMF-EV is defined by technological innovation and the potential of its modularity, paving the way for the next exciting generation of electric vehicles from Nissan and our Alliance partners.”
David Moss, Senior Vice President of Regional Research & Development, Nissan Technical Centre Europe, said: “Nissan has entered a thrilling new chapter in its electrification story with Ariya.
“This landmark vehicle offered a unique opportunity for our global teams to showcase everything we’ve learned about electric mobility from the past decade and challenge expectations. It’s this ethos that the CMF-EV platform represents.”
Laying the groundwork for the open floor concept, Nissan’s engineers gave the CMF-EV platform a flat construction bed. Placeholders for electric motors were plotted directly adjacent to the front and rear axles, while the battery packs were designed to be as slim as possible, forming a structural support system for the platform.
The CMF-EV platform provided designers of the Ariya with a blank canvas, giving them the opportunity to explore the concept Ma, a Nissan design philosophy focused on mastering the potential of space.
Placing the air conditioning unit further forward and optimising the front and rear seating positions in the absence of a transmission tunnel allowed Nissan’s designers to make use of all available space.
The cabin has a profound sense of roominess with more legroom throughout, resulting in a lounge-like experience. The cabin space can be customised even further thanks to the movable central console.
The innovative platform also rewards drivers. Providing customers with the flexibility to choose the right package for their needs, the CMF-EV platform can accommodate multiple specifications of power units and drivetrains – including a single-motor offering and dual-motor e-4ORCE configuration.
e-4ORCE is Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel control technology. Through a series of precise motor and braking inputs, the innovative system strikes the perfect balance between powerful performance and unprecedented control – offering elevated driver confidence on a variety of road surfaces.
While delivering a dynamic but reassured driving experience behind the wheel, e-4ORCE also carefully minimises vehicle pitch under braking, optimising brake balance between the front and rear to provide a stable, smooth ride for driver and passengers.
The Nissan Ariya is available now for pre-order in the UK, Norway and Netherlands, with the process opening in further European markets soon. The Ariya will be arriving in European countries in summer 2022.