Nissan has made big strides in its push for electrification by unveiling two new zero-emission concept vehicles and announcing its plans to join Formula E racing from the 2018-2019 season. At the Tokyo Motor Show the brand showed off the IMx all-electric crossover, which offers fully autonomous operation and a range of more than 600 kilometers, and the Leaf NISMO, which brings a hefty dose of racing technology to the company's flagship electric car. According to Nissan, this concept boasts better aerodynamic performance and less lift.
Nissan's entry into Formula E will make it the first Japanese car brand to take part in the all-electric racing championships. Given the company's position in the consumer electric market, "it makes sense" that Nissan gets involved, according to Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of global marketing and sales for zero-emission vehicles. The company will compete from season five (slated for late 2018), when the championship introduces new chassis and battery specifications.