In case you forgot your motoring ABC, cars – just like planes – need aerodynamics to work in their favor, though on this occasion they are gunning for the exact opposite, meaning negative lift.
And while we’re invested in aerodynamics when it comes to aftermarket modifications, hardcore versions and especially competition models, we have to understand that physics also plays a major part when it comes to improving range on electric cars. That’s because having better batteries and motors means nothing if the vehicle is an aero “brick”. That’s exactly the point in Nissan’s latest teaser about the Leaf – with the Japanese automaker striving to achieve a wind-commanding design for their second-generation electric car. The teaser is also a good hint for the model’s new side profile, emphasizing the engineers worked hard to make sure the new Leaf needs less energy to slice through the air.
Nissan says the engineers took heed at what airplane designers are using – inspired by airplane, and with an efficient styling that allows it to have zero aerodynamic lift, for better stability at higher speeds. Aerodynamics also improved crosswind protection, while also delivering lower wind noise and in turn a quieter cabin. The new Leaf will be official September 6, complete with an “e-Pedal” system as well as ProPILOT Assist technology, for semi-autonomous operation at certain times.