Nissan Unveils Fully Functional Electric BladeGlider

AUG 4 2016 BY MARK KANE 42

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan unveiled a working prototype of BladeGlider in Rio de Janeiro today, of which, the original concept was presented in 2013 at the Tokyo Auto Show (see photos and videos from three years ago here).

The unveiling was part of the Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility strategy.

“Nissan Motor Co., Ltd today unveiled the working prototype of its futuristic BladeGlider vehicle, combining zero-emissions with high-performance in a revolutionary sports car design.

The vehicles, developed from concept cars first shown at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013, have arrived in Brazil to symbolize future technologies that will combine Intelligent Mobility, environmentally-friendly impact and sports-car driving capabilities.”

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider Working Prototype

The BladeGlider is a three seater (1 + 2), equipped with two 130 kW electric motors for the rear wheels (total system power stands at 200 kW).

Such kind of power combined with great aerodynamics enables accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than five seconds, and ultimately reach 190 km/h (115 mph) top speed.  Battery pack and total electric range wasn’t disclosed, so we still feel a bit left in the dark.

Naturally, a cool feature of the BladeGlider are the “dramatic” doors…leaving one less possible way a car door can be opened in human imagination.

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Interestingly, the original BladeGlider concept also had some nifty doors…but opening in the opposite manner (picture below)

Original Nissan BladeGlider Concept From 2013

Original Nissan BladeGlider Concept From 2013

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Because the technical partner for the project was Williams Advanced Engineering, we wouldn’t be surprised if the drive train has some things in common with the Formula E (battery or motors).

“The debut of the BladeGlider prototypes forms part of Nissan’s ongoing commitment to the development of zero-emission vehicles and new automotive technologies including autonomous drive systems and connectivity. Nissan already sells the world’s highest-volume zero-emission car, the LEAF, and is pioneering Intelligent Mobility systems that will be deployed in a range of vehicles over coming years.

With the BladeGlider, Nissan’s vision was for an agile, efficient EV that would provide new dimensions of driving fun and excitement – a car that would ‘glide’, thanks to the near-silent performance of its electric powertrain and aerodynamic shape.

After two years of work on design, engineering and development, Nissan BladeGlider has evolved further into an exciting, real-life study into the potential of advanced EV performance. BladeGlider epitomises Intelligent Mobility, a philosophy to make its cars more exciting by redefining how they are driven, powered and integrated into society.

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

The demonstration models feature an advanced chassis configuration with a narrow front track and wider rear track for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and handling stability.

High-waisted, rear-hinged dihedral doors provide a dramatic entry and exit to the cabin. The open roof of BladeGlider is reinforced with an integrated roll-over protection structure, providing the exhilaration of an open-topped race car with the safety of a coupé.

Wheel-mounted controls for BladeGlider’s systems feed into an advanced display showing speed, state of battery charge, regeneration mode and torque map. Flanking the central display are two screens, with the images of rear-view cameras mounted just behind the front wheels. An alternative to door-mounted mirrors, this dual screen design improves the aerodynamic efficiency of BladeGlider. The driver sits in arrowhead formation slightly in front of two passengers, who enjoy extended legroom. The view for all occupants is panoramic, thanks to the seamless cockpit windscreen.

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

Power is 100 percent electric, with exceptional powertrain performance delivered by Nissan’s technical partner for the BladeGlider project, UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering. Maximum speed of the demonstration models is in excess of 190km/h*, with 0-100km/h taking less than 5 seconds*. The rear wheels’ drive is provided by two 130kW electric motors – one for each wheel.

The system features torque vectoring, controlling the torque delivered to the driven wheels, improving the handling even further. With torque vectoring, if the car starts to understeer, it automatically sends more torque to the outside wheel to restore the handling balance.

Designed to add to the driving experience rather than govern it, the torque vectoring systems has three settings: off, agile and drift mode.

Power is supplied by a high performance five module lithium-ion 220kW battery. Bespoke cooling systems have been developed for both the battery and the motors.

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

The interior of the BladeGlider reflects the vehicles’ sporting intentions, with four point safety harnesses for each occupant. The seats offer exceptional support to sides and legs of the driver and passengers. The seats are trimmed in a highly tactile blend of fabric and epoxy resin coating, resulting in a tough and grippy material that has the effect of comfortably adhering occupants securely in place.

There are two colour trims – Cyber Green and Stealth Orange. These colours are used for the upper portions of the seat back, and framed with a silver reflective material to create an eye-catching, sporty look. The base of the seats are in black, patterned material, with a band of green and orange trim framing the cushion.

Two BladeGliders will be presented in Rio de Janeiro in August. One will be on static display in Rio while the second will be offering dynamic rides to media and VIPs.

Key specifications:

Top speed> 190 km/h (115 mph)*
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph)< 5 seconds
Power200 kW (268hp)

*Figures recorded by Williams Advanced Engineering”

Carlos Ghosn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., said:

“These prototypes epitomise Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility. Nissan believes that enthusiasts should look forward to a zero emission future and BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It’s the electric vehicle for car-lovers.”

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan BladeGlider

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I wonder what is the capacity of the battery pack. It make no sese what is written in the prrsentation :5 module lithium ion 220Kw battery. They should tell how many Kw/h is the total capacity of the pack. This is waht matter!
Often i noticed that Nissan press release is inaccurate, and have a lack of real information.

I wish they would put the same amount of effort into getting the new Leaf out the door. You know.. a car that can actually be used?

Hopefully, we’ll hear something on Leaf 2.0 in Oct. or Nov. this year.

From your lips to their Ears…Now that would be nice!

+2, can’t help but feel Nissan are some 2 years behind offering something that is not even practical?

???????????????????Weird doors Weird Concept I wonder who would actually buy one of those..

People living in a place that never gets parcipitation

Rich, you must mean precipitation….l o l ..

Family Fathers in their 40s, seeking to get some youth-feeling back with a sporty ride. They struggle to explain a motorcycle to their wifes, but now they can say, that there is a safer, envirementally friendly vehicle which could also be used to drive one or two kids to school.
Believe me, there is a market for that. People ask me all the time if there is some sporty, small, quadlike EV above the Twizy (but with windows, heating and speed >70mph) on the market… I tell them: Smart EV or Mitsubishi Electric, they tell me: “no, not a normal car – something fun!”

I’d buy one.
This is great, advanced aerodynamics, fuel economy, and keep the wife’s fingers off the Radio!!!

Did Nissan ever settle the lawsuit with Don Panoz, over the rights to the deltawing design?

Notice that the front track on this “Blade” is twice as wide as on the earlier one, so not really the same concept at all.

I don’t see how somebody might open the doors in a crowded parking lot.

No roof at all? Just get wet in the rain?

I have no idea what the world market is for this, but lets just say “teeny tiny”. I don’t even see it as a halo car. I’m not really sure that it is anything but a “see me” concept.

To answer your question: The original Delta Wing was specifically designed to be a race car.

Nissan didn’t improve too much upon it. Those doors suck…

I haven’t put the top on my Lotus in almost five years…..

0:19 in the first video you see a prototype in the back with roof.
I like this prototyp, its crazy but revolutionary. Would buy one for sure next to my Leaf.
Leaf 2.0 will be unveiled later this year.

I’d buy one. I assume a production car would have a removable/ragtop roof of course. But a novel EV sports car? I’d love one!

So excited to see the 2017 LEAF with the 60kwh battery and 220 mile range…..oops that wasn’t it…


Call me when I can lease it for $199/mo with zero down. Ha, like never. No chance this will make it outside of a VERY small market.

That may be the Nissan IDS ?? Nice car But when ?..Lots of ?????? Marks

I always wonder how the engineers of “super cars” these days that have 0-60mph times around 5 seconds react when Atieva releases videos of an EV van doing 0-60mph in 2.94 seconds.

No roof, can’t drive in rain or snow or have Air Conditioning with an open roof.

Still no Leaf 2.0 announcement so Nissan is like “look over here, a prototype!”

I’m betting on it not staying at a prototype. In fact I think a production model could be just around the corner…

Don’t count Nissan out for surprising us with a spectacular Nissan LEAF 2.0

The point of this design is not the visual design (I find it ugly, but not because of it’s novel configuration, it just needs a BMW make over, but hey). The point here is that this entirely new configuration makes the car handle incredibly well, makes it lighter, with a possibly very low Cd. Ok, it needs a roof, normal doors and a front that doesn’t look like the Chinkansen. The original bladeglider was much better looking.

But having said that…

Most people with partners and kids have this idea that the whole world works their way…

There are, worldwide, more and more single and/or childless people. For them (me), having 4 seats in a car is just not neccessary.
2 would do, 3 gives space for grocaries/dog.
For the same group of people, driving pleasure (handling will be glorious!) is a higher priority than “practicality”. If this car can offer a descent range for a descent price (40000$+ mark), it might be a total success. As soon as they make it look better, I’m up to buy one!

The genius might be in the price…

What’s the point of creating a concept and then not release the key specs? What are they trying to prove, that they can create stupid cars? Well, congratulations I guess

It could do 150 miles with 30 kWh or over 200 miles with 40 kWh I guess!

Nissan BladeGlider:

Impractical & underperforming EV concept sports car that Niesan never intends to produce.

Meanwhile Tesla Model 3…

Those who can do, those who can’t make video.

What it looked like before they removed the ice, and the bubble roof. All the way back to 1964:

2 x 130 kW motors? Who else thinks it has next model LEAF motors in it?

Well if it is one motor, the Bolt will have more HP. But if the LEAF 2.0 had a pair of these motors, count me in!

80->130kW is still quite an useful power jump if the new car is roughly the same weight. That’s about 175 HP/PS/whatever compared to the current car which has 110.

And of course the next LEAF could also be offered as AWD with two motors (maybe with an 80 kW at front).

That is what is so good about electric cars. Going to AWD doesn’t require complex a complex driveshaft/transfer case setup. The extra motor can be a fairly light setup also.

I’ve waited 4 years for someone at Nissan to have the balls to take an Xterra body and Nissan Leaf batteries and spare EV parts and show us something I want to drive. (They have the parts already laying around just zap strap it together)I really hope they quit inventing cars for the next speed racer movie. I wonder how much money their R&d section wastes.

I leased a Leaf for more than three years and really liked it. It was exciting four years ago.

Now? Well over a quarter million deposits on the Tesla Model 3. Much anticipation for the Chevy Bolt. Nissan knows about all this, yet this is what they’re promoting in the EV space?

Sorry, but it looks for all the world like they just don’t get it.

You will be surprised two times this year from Nissan Leaf shows (Paris and LA).

They spent two years working on this? Well Nero fiddled while Rome burned!

Read an article about Nissan selling their in house battery production and that they are in talks with Panasonic. Could they be looking at buying the new size battery from Teslas Gigafactory for its cars?could be interesting.