Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Infiniti to release pure EV and new range-extender hybrids by 2021

Infiniti to release pure EV and new range-extender hybrids by 2021

Infiniti claims the concept "is the first manifestation of Infiniti's new form language for an era of advanced powertrains and presents a design vision for vehicles in this segment" - in other words, the concept will preview the styling of future Infiniti production hybrid or electric models.

Infiniti will offer a mix of pure electric vehicles (EV) and e-POWER vehicles - demonstrating the full range of low emission vehicle technology available to the auto maker, as the premium brand of Nissan Motor Company.

FROM 2021, all new Infiniti models will be offered with electrified power trains, with the Japanese luxury auto maker confirming it will launch its first pure electric vehicle in the same year.

The plan Saikawa outlined represents a rapid catchup for Infiniti.

According to Saikawa, half of all Infiniti models sold on the roads will have electrification by 2025.

Infiniti was one of the first luxury brands to propose an EV.

Infiniti Motor Company is the luxury arm of Nissan Motor Company, and is headquartered in Hong Kong.

Infiniti announced its electrification plans this week at an industry conference in Detroit.

"Our strategy is to continue to be in a leading position" in electric cars", Saikawa said Tuesday.

In this regard, Infiniti says it will offer electrified powertrains starting with 2021, with the same year being marked as the debut timeframe for an all-electric auto.

However, the Q Inspiration was described as running on Infiniti's advanced new four-cylinder variable-compression engine, the VC Turbo.

Nissan introduced ePower in Japan in late 2016 as an alternative powertrain in its Note, a hatchback version of the subcompact Versa.

Infiniti's technology is expected to be similar to that developed for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a plug-in petrol-electric SUV that uses a front-mounted 2.0-litre engine to act as a generator to top up the batteries for front- and rear-mounted electric motors.

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