LAS VEGAS — Nissan brought a touch of Japanese hospitality to CES 2020 with exhibits that showed the brand’s vision for the future of mobility, from the Ariya Concept electric crossover to a zero-emission ice cream van and a self-sinking golf ball. The Nissan Ariya Concept made its North American debut at the Las Vegas trade show. Bringing together advanced technologies on an all-new EV platform, the zero-emission crossover embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, an expansive lineup of vehicle technologies and services that deliver an innovative, future-thinking driving and ownership experience for the customer, today and tomorrow.
“The Ariya Concept highlights Nissan’s promise of an entirely new driving experience that’s just on the horizon,” Takao Asami, senior vice president for research and advanced engineering at Nissan said.
“This zero-emission crossover isn’t a concept car based on far-off ideas. It’s a showcase of technologies available in the very near term.” To show they’re real, Nissan has also taken these technologies out of the car and developed new, creative uses for them.
“Omotenashi is a Japanese philosophy of hospitality that manifests in careful attention to detail that may be undetectable to guests, but contributes to the most memorable experience possible,” meanwhile, explained Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for global design at Nissan.
The following were Nissan’s highlights at the CES exhibit:
The Nissan Ariya Concept electric crossover. Technology experts gave demonstrations of Ariya Concept features, such as: the ProPILOT 2.0 advanced driver assistance system, twin-motor all-wheel control system, acoustic meta-material and Smart Route Planner.
Nissan’s zero-emission ice cream van. Chill out with ice cream served from a concept van that combines an all-electric drivetrain, second-life battery storage and renewable solar energy generation. Based on the 100 percent electric e-NV200 light commercial vehicle, the ice cream van’s motor is driven by a 40-kilowatt hour battery. A portable power pack, which uses lithium-ion cells recovered from early first-generation Nissan electric vehicles, powers the on-board equipment.
The ProPILOT golf ball. Inspired by the ProPILOT 2.0 advanced driver-assistance system, Nissan has created a golf ball that always manages to find the hole. At the booth’s putting green, an overhead camera will detect the position of the golf ball and hole. Sensing technology and an internal electric motor will ensure the putt stays on course until reaching the cup — just as Nissan cars equipped with ProPILOT 2.0 can maneuver along a predefined highway route.
Power Selfie. CES visitors were able to experience the Formula E race car on display with the help of high-powered fans and special effects. The Power Selfie booth recorded a short video to mimic the acceleration of the 100 percent electric race car from 0 to 100 kph in a mere 2.8 seconds. Guests were able to create a GIF that looks as if they’re racing down the track.
Formula E race car. Nissan, the first Japanese carmaker to join the all-electric Formula E street racing championship, will show its new Japan-inspired livery for the new season.
The Nissan LEAF e+. Nissan LEAF e+ electric vehicle features a powerful motor, long range, advanced technologies, including the ProPILOT driver assistance system and the innovative e-Pedal mode for one-pedal driving.