Bose recently announced its first custom-designed Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system in an all-electric vehicle, the 2013 Nissan LEAF. The Bose system in the LEAF delivers powerful, high-quality audio, but with a significantly smaller and lighter footprint than conventional systems, and at about half the electrical current.
“The Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system delivers on all its promise for LEAF owners. It’s remarkably efficient — without conceding on great musical performance,” said Brandon Westley, president of the Bose Automotive Systems Division. “This system also demonstrates the unmatched advancements we’ve achieved in producing highly efficient audio technology in vehicles.”
To meet the energy efficient design goals for the LEAF, Nissan engineers focused on using every available watt of power effectively throughout the vehicle, including the sound system. Bose expertise in power-efficient technology led to the development of smaller and lighter speakers and amplifiers that perform at a high level without compromising the LEAF’s power, weight or interior space.
For mid-/high-frequency performance, the Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system includes six lightweight speakers strategically placed and acoustically tuned to reproduce music accurately, with more of the detail found in a live performance. There are two one-inch neodymium tweeters, one in each A-pillar; two 6.5-inch wide-range neodymium speakers, one in each front door; and two 5.25-inch wide-range neodymium speakers, one in each rear door.
And at the heart of the sound system, a Bose energy-efficient amplifier operates on much less power and runs cooler than conventional offerings. The amplifier is also smaller and lighter because it doesn’t require as many large metal cooling fins to dissipate heat.
Bose began collaborating with Nissan Motor Company nearly 25 years ago, and the LEAF joins an extensive lineup of Nissan vehicles currently available with Bose sound systems, including the Altima, Armada, GT-R, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Quest, Rogue, Sentra and Z coupe and convertible.