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Nissan demos e-4ORCE control tech in its next Ariya with what else but a hot bowl of ramen

Nissan demos e-4ORCE control tech in its next Ariya with what else but a hot bowl of ramen

Japanese automaker Nissan showcased the convenience of its e-4ORCE vehicle control by demonstrating the technology in a motorized serving tray carrying ramen – a popular Japanese noodle soup. The e-4ORCE technology, which will debut in the upcoming Nissan Ariya EV, will be translated from the motorized tray which can be seen zooming across the food counter without dropping the hot ramen.

Nissan Motor Corporation ($NSANY) has been in business since the 1930s in Japan, just decades after the first recorded ramen store opened. In nearly a century of manufacturing combustion cars, Nissan has become globally recognized behind brands like Infiniti and Datsun, in addition to its namesake.

The company was an early promoter of electric vehicles with its Nissan Leafwhich debuted in 2010. The LEAF was once one of the best-selling electric vehicles in the world…that is before model 3 showed up.

Despite the LEAF’s reign as one of the oldest electric models in the US, it sits at Nissan’s only BEV offering for sale, at least until the Ariya arrives. Last summer, Nissan joined the UN’s “Race to Zero” campaign to be 100% electric by the early 2030s with a strategy that includes launching 15 BEVs over the next eight years.

The Ariya will be the first of a new electrified fleet arriving in the United States this fall and will feature Nissan’s e-4ORCE technology that uses All-Wheel Control throughout the vehicle. We got our first glimpse of the e-4ORCE in a lunar rover designed alongside the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

To further demonstrate 3-4ORCE’s smooth control, Nissan safely carries a staple of Japanese culture – a bowl of hot ramen.

Comparison of e-4ORCE technology of Ariya EV and motorized server tray / Source: Nissan Motor Corp.

Watch Nissan’s e-4ORCE tech deliver smooth ramen

Nissan shared a fun YouTube video showing e-4ORCE technology delivering ramen with a Press release explaining its benefits. The Japanese automaker explained it best:

e-4ORCE is Nissan’s most advanced All-Wheel Control technology that precisely manages power output and braking performance for smoothness and stability. The system improves driver confidence by tracing the intended driving line on almost any road surface, including wet and snowy roads, without the need to alter driving style or input. Engineers have fine-tuned e-4ORCE’s precision control technology and twin electric motors to deliver unrivaled ride comfort for all vehicle occupants. Vehicle pitching and dive, which can cause motion sickness, is minimized with regenerative braking of the front and rear motors as the vehicle decelerates

To demonstrate this process on a smaller scale, Nissan has fitted e-4ORCE technology into a ramen server tray using two electric motors that operate independently.

Special tuning by Nissan engineers allows the tray to deliver the same acceleration and smooth ride on the restaurant counter that the automaker hopes its Ariya EV will soon bring to the road.

The Ariya is currently available for reservations and is expected to be delivered in the United States this fall. You can watch the full “Nissan x Ramen” video below:

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