Nissan IDS Concept – Live Photos & Videos From Tokyo

OCT 28 2015 BY MARK KANE 31

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept was introduced by CEO Carlos Ghosn at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show..

Ghosn, who is known for his strong support of electric cars, underlined the importance of zero emissions and autonomous driving in the future automotive market.

IDS Concept leverages both electric drive and autonomous capability, and it foreshadows the next-generation LEAF.

The new concept, with its 60 kWh battery, in theory could boast at least twice the range of the new 30 kWh LEAF (107 miles), which in Japan will go on sale in December.

Nissan has been developing autonomous drive in LEAF prototypes for several years, but as you can see in the IDS Concept, there will be still the possibility of driving the car manually.

Below you can find Carlos Ghosn’s presentation, as well as live videos from Tokyo:

Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn presenting IDS Concept

Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn presenting IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

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Lack of side mirrors is interesting. Along with the minimal, flush mounted door “buttons”.

Yes, this is because of the autonomous driving, I think?

One reason many people will resist autonomous driving is that it will make them obey speed limits. I find that many people like to drive about 10 mph over the speed limit.

Looks like the 2024 Altima. Way more fascinating than the Mirai / Toyota Edsel.

So early in the morning, i thought it would be a Tesla with 60 kWh battery and Elon Musk whiping his smartphone, but stop, it was Ghosn! Insane.

I like a lot of the car’s looks, but those “flaps”(or whatever you call them)on the front are hideous; other than that, cool looking concept car.


The scoops in front of the rear tires are as bad or worse. What possible function could they serve?

As is, Toyota Mirai level ugly.

Take away the goof-scoops front and rear, then clean up the tail a bit and you have a pretty good looking car.

Still not buying it without thermal management for the battery, though.

…or a LEAF or an i-MiEV or an eGolf… all without thermal battery management.

iMiEV uses AC to blow cold air to batteries, so it’s better than Leaf/eGolf in that regard. Also, iMiEV battery chemistry is supposed to be longer lasting and lower output power, but data is lacking with so few cars around. If not for almost slowest car on the road, I might want to get one to test.

I’ve driven the SparkEV, and it’s sure quick, but your ‘slowest on the road’ comment only applies in relation to other EVs, right? EVen in Seattle, I’ve never lined up next another EV at a red light by coincidence. This means that, unless I don’t wanna, the I-MiEV is always first across the intersection, and usually first to 35 mph. Only a noisy hoonigan beats it to 45 mph.

Those are aerodynamic, I think. The rear ones allow the air to flow inward to reduce the size of the wake zone. That is my guess, anyway.

Directing air to the tread of the rear tires doesn’t help aerodynamics.

Close examination of the hi-res images at doesn’t suggest that the scoops go anywhere else.

I am not seeing that – we cannot see where the air flows to. It might pass all the way through from the front to the back (like it does on the Nissan GTR Le Mans prototype?), and this would pressurize the zone behind the car, forming a “tail cone” which would drastically reduce drag.

give me a break, with a 60 kwh batt,after 15 years this will still have at least 50 kilwat left!

Cooling the rear brakes? Maybe necessary if this thing will have an insane mode too.

The dark blue part on the front looks like it is a splitter, much like on many race cars. This is probably a concept bit, that will likely be toned down on a production vehicle.

I like a lot of the lines of the concept, not sure how many will make it to production. It does need a bit toning down for me, so I guess that’s a good thing.

Sure, the Leaf 2 will appear in a much simplified design, but the battery pack has already a very finalized design.

If the price stays the same as the Leaf, I would buy it so much! I assume 220 miles EPA?

Maybe I missed it, but I heard nothing about thermal management. Yeah, it should be obvious, but they didn’t bother with 2016 Leaf, instead chose to go with bigger pack.

Why should they go termal after the invention of the lizard battery.

And future batteries will be even less temperature depending, think solid Städte. Removing or not adding a liquid cooling reduces cost. I expect cost to be more important than 0,2% added degration per year.

Orignally, Nissan didn’t think thermal management was necessary enough to include. They were proven wrong, very wrong.

The “lizard” battery is a short term adjustment for this mistake, because they couldn’t redesign the car to include thermal management on short notice once their mistake came to light.

At this point, I simply don’t trust their judgement. Because they’ve been so wrong on this topic once already, they’d have to offer an incredible warranty to get me to consider even a “lizard” battery, and they haven’t done so yet.

They still have a chance to earn my business, but it’s small.

The lizard battery seems to be fine, so far. And remember, the larger the pack is, the lower the demand on each cell is. Lower demand means less heat.

Fully agree. Keep it as simple as possible. No pumps/sensors/switches/hoses/liquids that can break or leak. If the battery chemistry allows it, why add the complexity?

I like this concept. A lot!

They are doing the right things to reduce aerodynamic drag, and that bodes well for their production cars.

I hope they sell a version without the autonomous driving (though having accident avoidance backup system is fine).

Build it Nissan – please!

“Daddy, can you make it look more the spaceships in Star Wars?”

“Sure, no problem..”

this is unquestionably the Lumpiest aero experiment I’ve seen.. credit though for personality..

That’s okay, because Nissan doesn’t have any production models that remotely resemble this 2006 concept, either:

Looks like I’ll be shopping for a Model 3 to replace my former Leaf. This thing is hideous.

Concept cars are always way out there. They then tone it down with the production vehicle and people go “oh, now that’s not so bad.” It’s all a game they play.

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