Nissan Unveils EV With Autonomous Tech

Nissan has debuted an electric concept vehicle with autonomous driving “capability” at the North American International Auto Show.

Nissan senior vice-president Denis Le Vot said the IMs features “EV, autonomous drive, and connectivity technologies”. When the car is being driven autonomously, it purportedly flashes a blue warning light at pedestrians and other motorists that moves from its headlights to its rear combination light. The cockpit features ADAS tech for its manual driving mode.

Le Vot claimed the IMs “represents the birth of an entirely new segment of vehicle – an elevated, electrified sports sedan”. He added that it features “EV, autonomous drive, and connectivity technologies”. Following Nissan’s European launch of its limited-edition Leaf 3.Zero e+ EV last week, Le Vot said it planned to roll out another seven EVs by 2022.

The IMs features a pair of electric motors at its front and rear which Nissan claims balance the car’s weight and provide effective “traction over slick driving surfaces”. The powertrain boasts 483 hp and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. Nissan claims one charge of the 115 kWh battery can give an approximate range of 380 miles. Le Vot said the car demonstrates how the automaker “envision[s] the future of mobility as we head toward our goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road”.

 


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