Nissan Details Architecture of its Upcoming Electric Vehicles


Nissan announced the latest details about its its latest electric vehicle architecture, the CMF-EV platform.

Known as a ‘magic flying carpet’ within Nissan, the CMF-EV platform affords extensive creative opportunities for designers to redefine driver and passenger experiences. Designed to form the basis of a broad range of exciting electric vehicles, CMF-EV is set to be a critical component of Nissan Ambition 2030, the brand’s long-term vision to empower mobility and wider society with the power of electrification.

As recently announced by the Alliance partners, the platform will serve as the basis for 15 electric models by 2030.

“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,” said Pierre Loing, vice-president, product planning, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

The EV-dedicated platform will play a key role in helping Nissan to bring a line-up of electrified vehicles, with the ARIYA being the first.

At the centre of Nissan’s product offering will be a all-electric crossover. Underpinned by the CMF-EV architecture, the model will be produced as part of Nissan’s EV36Zero initiative.

“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,” added Pierre Loing.

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.

With the concept of the architecture established, ARIYA will serve as the first demonstration of the benefits of the CMF-EV platform. For example, 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.

“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,” said David Moss, senior vice-president, regional research and development, Nissan Technical Centre Europe.

The CMF-EV platform can accommodate multiple specifications of power units and drivetrains – including a single-motor offering and dual-motor e-4ORCE configuration, an all-wheel control technology.

ARIYA deliveries will begin in the fall of 2022 in Canada, first for front-wheel drive models, followed by all-wheel drive models in late fall at ARIYA-certified Nissan Canada dealers.