Nissan’s European and Japanese teams collaborate to test Ariya electric SUV ahead of production
Japanese automobile giant Nissan Motor Company has confirmed that its teams of veteran engineering experts in Europe and Japan are working together to optimize the performance of the Ariya electric compact crossover SUV.
Nissan is testing Ariya to determine its real-world efficiency, comfort and performance as part of its efforts to optimize driving experience on roads worldwide. Recently, it released an update with new footage of the Ariya test program prior to the start of its mass production later this year.
Providing us with a rare glimpse into the Ariya test program, the automobile giant revealed that they took the electric crossover SUV to Hokkaido Proving Ground to test it on different sorts of surfaces and in different conditions, including the snow-covered landscape of the country’s northernmost main island.
The electric crossover SUV is also being tested to demonstrate its performance capabilities in European driving conditions, such as fast motorways, tight corners, and mountain roads for further evaluation and customer reassurance.
A team of research & development (R&D) technicians at Nissan Technical Centre in the United Kingdom are working in collaboration with Nissan Vehicle Evaluation Specialists to share insights and make tweaks required for making the EV compatible with the European region as well as with regulations.
Ian Shepherd, Director of Project Management at Nissan Technical Centre Europe, said that they were inputting the European customers’ requirements to make the final product compatible with European roads.
Speaking on the topic, Shepherd, “Creating the Nissan Ariya has been a highly intricate, but incredibly rewarding journey. As part of this process, we collaborated with our colleagues in Japan; inputting the European customer requirements in the early development stages, and now making the final product validation right here, on European roads.”
The project management director said that the insights and feedback from detailed testing program would help them make Ariya a vehicle exceeding customers’ expectations.
Produced at Nissan’s Tochigi manufacturing facility for the 2021 model year, the Ariya electric crossover SUV is now all set for mass production, with deliveries scheduled for the second half of this year. Available in two battery options (63 kWh and 87 kWh), the all-electric SUV features AWD and 2WD configuration, E-4ORCE All-Wheel-Drive System, Newly developed Alliance CMF-EV platform, CCS standard up to 130 kW DC charging, and offers a range of 300 miles on a single charge.