Japan’s Nissan Unveils Moon Rover Prototype

Nissan Motor has unveiled a Moon rover prototype jointly developed with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Since it began collaborating on the project with JAXA at the beginning of 2020, Nissan has been focusing on the rover’s power and control systems, applying the technologies it has developed through its production of mass-market electric vehicles.

In particular, Nissan is highlighting its e-4ORCE all-wheel control technology, which as the name suggests, independents powers all four wheels of the vehicle, adding higher performance in sandy terrain and other harsh conditions.

Director of JAXA’s Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center Ikkoh Funaki commented, “By conducting research with Nissan, which has expertise in electrified technologies, we hope to apply our findings to the development of higher-performance lunar rovers.”

Nissan currently has no fixed deadline by which it expects it Moon rover prototype to be completed.