DETROIT — Nissan, which helped pioneer the mainstream electric vehicle market with the Leaf, is reimagining the EV.
The IMs, unveiled Monday at the Detroit auto show, looks like a sedan, but offers seating similar to that of a crossover. The all-electric concept car offers a higher ride, stretched interior and pivoting seats.
The IMs is less blueprint for a production vehicle and more a showcase of technologies and concepts Nissan is experimenting with as the automaker plans for a driverless future.
Electrification goals account for the bulk of the new product plans as Nissan responds to an onslaught of electrified entrants. Nissan plans to launch eight new EVs and generate annual sales of 1 million electrified vehicles by 2022.
"Advances in electric vehicle technology and autonomous driving have allowed our designers to break free of the platform and packaging rules that constrain traditional passenger vehicles, to create a completely new type of car," Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan, said in a statement.