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Nissan's autonomous EV concept previews next-gen LEAF technology

The IDS concept continues Nissan’s goal of developing electric mass-produced vehicles which offer at least the same convenience as petrol or diesel-powered models. It’s powered by a 60kWh battery – twice that of the latest LEAF – which should offer a range of over 300 miles on one charge.

That range is helped by a lightweight, all-carbon bodyshell with optimised aerodynamics. It’s only 1,380mm tall (60mm more than a 370z), fitted with large but narrow wheels with fins on the surface to smooth airflow. But, most importantly, the IDS shows how Nissan visualises autonomous driving – scheduled to be part of its production models by 2020 – as an enabler of longer range.

The driver can select from Piloted Drive and Manual Drive modes, the latter designed to offer powerful acceleration and sporty handling backed up by safety assistance systems if needed. In Piloted mode, the steering wheel disappears into the centre of the instrument panel, and the car can mimic the driving style of its owner.

Nissan believes that the Nissan IDS Concept will evolve into a leading innovation for next generation mobility and our quest for making these “two zeroes” a reality.

Featuring Nissan’s most advanced safety, driving-control and EV technology – all taken to a new level by AI – the Nissan IDS Concept is a compelling showcase of a promising future.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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