Nissan EV and e-POWER models lined up on a track.

Nissan Unveils New Approach to Electrified Powertrain Development

Nissan unveiled its new approach to electrified powertrain development, called “X-in1” in Yokohama, Japan last month. This will see core EV and e-POWER powertrain components shared and modularised which will result in a 30% decrease in development and manufacturing costs by 2026 when compared to 2019.

Nissan is looking to increase its competitiveness with EV and e-POWER vehicles by developing the X-in-1 which they are using to help reach their aim of reaching price parity with ICE vehicles by around 2026. As well as the cost advantage, the size and weight reduction of the unit improves driving performance and minimises noise and vibration, the newly developed motor reduces the use of heavy rare earth elements to 1% or less by weight, and the shared core components and control technology will provide an enjoyable driving experience that is unique to Nissan EVs.

The X-in-1 approach has seen Nissan develop a 3-in-1 powertrain prototype, which modularises the motor, inverter, and reducer and will be used in EVs, and a 5-in-1 prototype, which additionally modularises the generator and increaser, for e-POWER vehicles.

Senior Vice President Toshihiro Hirai, who leads powertrain & EV engineering powertrain development, said: “We make the most of our expertise and know-how from our more-than-a-decade long development and production of electrified technologies. Through our innovations in electrified powertrain development, we’ll continue to create new value for customers and deliver 100% motor-driven vehicles – EVs and e-POWER – as widely as possible.”