Nissan IDS Concept With 550 km Range* Makes European Debut (Gallery, Videos)


Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan’s 60 kWh IDS Concept made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

The Japanese manufacturer first unveiled the IDS Concept in Tokyo and Detroit, so we are pretty sure that Nissan wants to show it to everybody around the world, and acquaint people with the features in the next generation LEAF concept car.

The press release (full text below) surrounding the IDS Concept contains some pretty extraordinary number like 550 km (340 miles) range under the NEDC rating cycle, which even with the decent 60 kWh pack is out of this world.

It would be more fair to say 200-225 miles of real world (EPA) range (320-360 km) is to be expected, which is still more than acceptable for a next generation offering.

“Nissan is boosting EV battery energy density and performance, represented by the 60 kWh battery and up to 550km* autonomy, in the Nissan IDS Concept”

A big part of the IDS Concept is the development of autonomous driving (Nissan Intelligent Driving) and new links between the vehicle and its surroundings (Nissan Intelligent Integration).

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept


Press blast:

Nissan announces ‘Nissan Intelligent Mobility’ vision, building on company leadership in electrification, vehicle intelligence

 On-road technology demos in 2016, with Piloted Drive model available in Europe in 2017

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

GENEVA (Switzerland) 1st March 2016: Pursuing a goal of zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan today unveiled its ‘Intelligent Mobility’ vision at the Geneva International Motor Show. Created to guide the Nissan product evolution, Intelligent Mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society, all while staying focused on creating more enjoyable driving experiences.

“Our Intelligent Mobility vision is a framework to move customers around the world towards a safer and more sustainable future,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO.  “To realize this vision, Nissan has launched a long-term strategy, supported by significant R&D investments.  This enabled Nissan to introduce the breakthrough LEAF, the world’s first mass production EV, in 2010 — years before any of our competitors.   It has also driven our development of cutting-edge autonomous drive technologies, which will be available in a range of mass production models by 2020.  These steps are allowing Nissan to deliver the benefits of EV and autonomous drive innovations to as many customers as possible and, ultimately, to lead the way toward a new era of mobility.”

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

At the core of Nissan Intelligent Mobility are three areas of innovation:

  • Nissan Intelligent Driving – creating more driver confidence, spearheaded by Nissan’s autonomous drive technology, Piloted Drive
  • Nissan Intelligent Power – more efficiency, more power, spearheaded by electric vehicles (EV)
  • Nissan Intelligent Integration – new links between vehicles and society

Each area represents cutting edge technological advances by Nissan – safety innovations through autonomous technology such as high-stability control and high-reliability drive systems; high-efficiency powertrains, including alternative and conventional fuel engines with advanced transmissions; and energy management solutions.

Yet beyond the technical specifications, Nissan is focusing on the driver and passenger experience with Intelligent Mobility and bringing those experiences to consumers now. All told, it’s a story of how Nissan is making driving more personal, empowering and exhilarating.

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan Intelligent Driving

Nissan’s Intelligent Driving is foremost about performance, comfort and safety, removing the stress from a daily commute or minimizing the risk of unsafe conditions. Many of these advances are already available, as drivers can rely today on vehicles to recognize danger or take appropriate action to enhance safety. Nissan is leading with its Safety Shield technologies like Lane Departure Warning and Forward Emergency Braking, and will advance this leadership into autonomous drive technologies, available to all customers on core models in the range.

Nissan will launch multiple vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years in Europe, the United States, Japan and China. The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices and the first model will come to Japan this year. An on-road demo event in Europe in 2016, will showcase the maturity of Nissan’s autonomous drive technology. In 2017, the Nissan Qashqai will become the first Piloted Drive vehicle available in Europe.

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

“Autonomous technologies have been part of our R&D activities for a long time, we’ve done extensive and ongoing on-road testing since 2013, said Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales at Nissan.  “This verified the integrity and versatility of Nissan’s Piloted Drive engineering in real-world scenarios. Our autonomous technology is additive to the driving experience you have today, offering more enjoyable driving and less stress.”

Nissan Intelligent Power

Nissan has been the leading automotive brand in electric vehicle technology and sales. Nissan believes that quiet, yet powerful, acceleration with an increased range is essential to ensure an incredible driving experience. Nissan is boosting EV battery energy density and performance, represented by the 60 kWh battery and up to 550km* autonomy, in the Nissan IDS Concept, which is making its European premiere at Geneva. Nissan technologies also reduce charging time, and develop EV potential in other innovative ways. Alternate sources of on-board electric power, such as fuel cells, will further encourage fuel diversity and renewable energy development.  Also on the path of Intelligent Power is the further improvement of downsized turbo and X-TRONIC transmissions for both fuel efficiency and seamless response and acceleration.”

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

“Nissan is exploring a wide range of energy sources for tomorrow’s vehicles, and we recognize our role in continuously investing in multiple technologies.” said Schillaci “The Nissan LEAF electric vehicles have now driven over 2.2 billion kilometers by highly satisfied customers, which is proving our capabilities in terms of electric vehicles and in terms of our ability to introduce advanced, intelligent technologies”

Nissan Intelligent Integration

How does an automaker create new benefits to society, and contribute to cleaner air, a greener planet and traffic safety?  The answer is the networking of cars, individuals, social infrastructure as well as contributing towards the building of the essential charging infrastructure.

Nissan will help connect cars to social infrastructure such as road, information and electric power networks which will eventually lead to reduced traffic jams, more efficient car sharing, remote vehicle operation and improved energy management.

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan also continues to support expanding EV charging networks across Europe, the US, Mexico and Japan. To date over 10,500 quick chargers have been installed globally and in Europe, Nissan is working with partners to even further increase quick chargers that can be used by all EVs, helping to grow the entire market and bringing convenience and confidence to the European EV drivers, not just Nissan drivers.

Ubiquitous connectivity is an expectation of car consumers as an extension of their work and personal devices. Technology trends are everywhere with mobility and the “bring your own device” phenomenon extending to vehicles. Nissan is committed to enabling vehicles to be part of that connected ecosystem.

“Intelligent Integration joins together Nissan’s Power and Driving initiatives with a society,” said Schillaci. “Intelligent Mobility does not only make driving more enjoyable but it is an important step towards our goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities’.  To achieve this important goal we require a wider commitment by automakers. We must work with regulatory agencies to create and adapt motor vehicle laws, standards, and policies to support autonomous drive.”

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan IDS Concept

Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility technologies are available today in the form of Safety Shield, camera technologies and EV vehicles. It will further expand with Piloted Drive vehicles available in 2016 in Japan and in 2017 in Europe. As Nissan looks toward a future of car sharing, integrated traffic management systems, and wireless charging networks, the full vision of Intelligent Mobility becomes clear.

*NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) value

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42 responses to "Nissan IDS Concept With 550 km Range* Makes European Debut (Gallery, Videos)"
  1. Alpha777 says:

    Looks fantastic.
    1) will it have more horsepower than the Leaf?
    2) Will it have high speed collision prevention?
    3) When can I write the check.

      1. Alain says:

        PLUS 2?

    1. AlphaEdge says:

      Screams too concept. The retail model will be quite different. Hopefully they improve on it quite a bit, as I find it ugly.

      1. Stephen Hodges says:

        Holy cow, Batman, someone crossed a Leaf with Mirai…. and called it “In Deep S**t”. I do hope this is not the next generation of anything!

  2. Doug B says:

    Just bring it already.

  3. evcarnut says:

    The more range ,the better! Just calm down the design a bit.., & Just git Er done!

  4. Paul says:

    No, the design is great, I think. Please surprise us by introducing it in the same month as the Bolt.

    1. EV AZ says:

      +1 Agreed it is a good looking car.

  5. Alaa says:

    I don’t like that type of doors!

    1. Just_Chris says:

      It has o have silly impractical doors – that’s how you know its a concept

  6. PVH says:

    IMO current cheap crude oil prices is pushing all those EV projects one or two years further. I hope I am wrong.

    1. G2 says:

      …so far, as seen on the other pages of this forum, cheap oil is not keeping people out of the EV market.

    2. evcarnut says:

      You either want an EV or You don’t…Gas Prices will not effect my decision.Don’t know about you., But,I’m done with smoke & noise & high maintenance & Goofy ICE ….

      1. arne-nl says:

        yep, and not to forget: not filling the deep pockets of sociopathic CEO’s that trash my planet for short term profits and long term world domination.

        Oil companies are rotten to the core and they must die.

  7. Jeremy says:

    awesome looking. Huge front end. I get that it is for aerodynamics, but I hope there is a sizable frunk up there.

  8. David says:

    Looks awesome.
    Not a mainstream car.
    Will not work for mainstream buyers if it replaces the LEAF.

    1. It’s not the Leaf 2 design concept, but might be an additional, higher priced electric model in a few years.

    2. evcarnut says:

      They’ll cool it 0ff & make it sensible looking & practacle when it’s ready for production ..It’s too wild looking now..I’d like to see the production model soon.

  9. Anon says:

    This is one of the few Nissan styling exercises I’ve liked in a long time…

    1. Rick Danger says:

      Yup, which is why I’m certain this isn’t the next generation LEAF.

  10. Texas FFE says:

    I think the IDS looks much better than the current Leaf. At first I thought the design was too unrealistic to see production but now I see how a lot of design features, like headlights, could make It into the next generation Leaf.

  11. JonnyO2 says:

    Love it! Love the doors! Now I have to hope I’ll be able to afford it when it comes out…

  12. Texas FFE says:

    It’s amazing how these concept cars change after the production managers and designers get ahold of them. The Ioniq is a perfect example, the production car is not nearly as exciting as the concept car, I was surprised though with how much the exterior of concept Bolt matches that of the production Bolt.

  13. If the IDS would have only 320 km range with 60 kWh battery, it would have lower efficiency, than the Leaf. That’s absolute impossible.
    IDS has smaller tires = lower rolling resistance
    IDS has lower profile = lower air drag
    IDS has is more streamlined = lower Cd factor
    IDS is much lighter = higher drivetrain efficiency

    1. Alex says:

      The Bolt will have 204 EPA miles (there was already a leak in August 2014), the 550 km NEDC would be around 235 Epa miles. But no mirrors are only allowed in Japan today, production Leaf will sure have slightly less range like 220 Epa. Sure highway Epa miles with 70-80 MPH will be much better than Bolt, and that counts on long distance. Only negativ deep seating, but Tesla did it also with Model S and have success, or Toyota new Prius also very flat.

      1. Texas FFE says:

        The Bolt is classified as a Compact Utility Vehicle. It actually stands about 5 inches taller than the FFE. Sadans with a similar battery will probably get better range but many people will prefer the utility of the Bolt.

    2. R.S. says:

      I guess 320 km would be pretty low, if they could keep the profile, although it might be heavier… But my best guess would be 220-250(if they really push it) miles EPA, so 350-400km.

    3. jerryd says:

      Cat, you are right. If Nissan is smart instead of big packs they will reduce drag, both aero and rolling.
      And to get 300 mile range they just need to bring the drag under 200wthrs/mile.
      So cheaper, better would be to go light, aero and 40kwhr for a 200 mile range, just by better design.
      If they were smart they would have 2 or 3 range options to fit more markets, one for town 110 miles, one for traveling or long commutes, 200+ miles and one with enough range so people don’t freak out they will run out say 150 miles.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        IMO the best thing Nissan could do is make the car AWD to maximize the re-gen. I really don’t see the value in going to extremes with the aerodynamics in the design. Adding another 2-3 kWh’s to the pack is more sensible that making the car super slippy or super light weight – look at the i3, IMO if they had made it wider so you could fit a 5th seat and made the pack slightly larger you would have lost efficiency and gained weight but it would be a better car with the same electric range for not much difference in price. Obviously don’t go to the other extreme and make it needlessly square and heavy. Even crazy things like incorporating 500 W of solar into the roof and bonnet would give greater range benefits than taking off the mirrors – although 500W of solar would only give you 1.5 kWh (if you were lucky) as an average per day so again might be worth just adding more battery.

        Obviously adding things costs money where as taking things off reduces cost but I still think there is a happy average middle ground for a family hatchback that has a fairly conventional design, using fairly conventional materials with a 60 kWh battery pack. I’d love to see Tesla and BMW fighting for the high tech end of the market with expensive and exciting self driving odd shaped but beautiful cars with Leaf 2.0 being conventional, long range, mass produced (Camry mass produced, not BMW 3 series mass produced) and cheap.

  14. Alex says:

    I love it. The current 30 kWh Leaf has 250 km NEDC cycle, so 550 km NEDC for Europe would be translated to 235 EPA miles! With some piloted Drive features it would be a Bolt killer! Hopefully Nissan presents production car in January 2017, available 2~5 months later. And please some cheaper and smaller battery options, for me 40 kWh would be enough but would choose some options like wireless charging and piloted drive.

  15. ct200h says:

    They better come out with a new car/Leaf for 2017. The current leaf is a great car but a tough sell.

  16. Zukidrvr says:

    What is up with all these C-pillar design shenanigans on all the new cars? Are they passing out boomerangs instead of french curves in design schools now? Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should…

  17. ModernMarvelFan says:

    If LEAF 2.0 looks like this, it would give Model 3 and Bolt a run for its money for sure.

  18. ydnas7 says:

    Renault Megane with 60kWh should get about 550kms NEDC if the Clio (Zoe) gets 240kms

  19. Will says:

    The wheel folds away when you go into autonomous? NOPE. Don’t like that. What if you need to grab the wheel in an emergency? What if you want the flexibility to switch rapidly between autonomy and manual? Nissan is getting ahead of themselves in their ideas. Autonomy without any steering wheel being required is still FAR away.

  20. Ian says:

    It highlights the ridiculousness of NEDC. 60 kWh would be around 340 km ish not over 500km. Looks like 60 kWh is going to be the standard for a couple years. I’d hate to be one of those companies that thinks it can sell cars with today’s standard of 24 to 30 kWh when the 60 kwh ones come out.

  21. arne-nl says:

    “550 km (340 miles) range under the NEDC rating cycle, which even with the decent 60 kWh pack is out of this world.”

    The 30 kwh LEAF does 250 km NEDC. So with 60 kWh it would do 500 km. I don’t see how 550 km on 60 kWh qualifies as “out of this world”

  22. Martin T says:

    Interesting, looks like a higher priced future model for Nissan.
    If it was to be 500km (non japanese test cycle)

    That would be absolutely fantastic !
    Bring it on Nissan.

  23. John says:

    I sure hope it gets a more practical look and feel when it becomes the second generation Leaf. It looks sleek and low and edgy, but also like it has little head room, is hard to get into and out of, and puts looks above function a bit.

    Which also brings up the question of where the heck Nissan really is with the next gen Leaf. Are the making progress and holding their cards close on that, or is it a ways off yet? I sure don’t know but I’d like to, especially with the Bolt coming out at the end of this year.

  24. Ct200h says:

    Who knows but they are smart enough to know they must keep it hushed until they are ready.

    Anything revealed to early kills current products sales and value.

  25. DesignHope says:

    So many of you guys are just BORING! I would buy this right now. By the time it (if) gets to production it will be lame ho-hum ultra conservative piece of crap looking vehicle. Just like 95% of whats out there today from VW, BMW, MB, Honda, Chevy, Ford and just about every other maker.

    Please, someone make a vehicle that in not a snore fest to look at!